The rationale sentence is where you, as the writer, provide elaboration or interpretation of the evidence. How does your evidence prove your claim? In your rationale:
- You will explain the significance of your evidence--why is your evidence important?
- You will make connections, offer insight and demonstrate your critical thinking about your claim and your evidence.
- You should not simply restate your claim or your evidence.
- You often will consider other information from your source in your rationale, not as a quote, but in elaborating on your evidence.