STATEMENT-PROOFCOMMENTARY Your New Mantra for Writing Statement Everything that is the writer’s own ideas Claims Thesis statements Proof Anecdotes From a text Paraphrased Quoted Summarized (sometimes) Examples Facts and figures Commentary Explanation of HOW the proof supports the statement Must match the statement and the proof together This is the area worth the most points and where students struggle How do I Use S-P-C? Helps to understand a text and identify main ideas Helps to write a paper—ultimate formula for success in all writing You always know what you need to write next! S-P-C EXAMPLE S - The Arizona legislature always cuts education spending first when the state needs money. P – In 2011 alone, the education budget in Arizona was cut by 17%. C – Every time the education budget is cut, more damage is done to Arizona’s students’ education.