Developing a Question, Hypothesis, Thesis Teacher Resources
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Write an Argument for a Thesis Statement
Learn how to create strong, well-developed thesis statements in persuasive writing. After identifying the primary subjects of their writing, young writers will add words and definitively state their own opinions in order to construct primary thesis statements.
At 32 slides, one would think this presentation on thesis statements is a bit too long, but it is the most important component of a well-written essay! Help your developing writers craft concise, interesting theses with this PowerPoint. Some common mistakes are introduced (using the first person, unclear language, stating a fact, etc.), and your class has to brainstorm how to fix it. Several slides of practice are included to ensure your kids walk away with a better sense of how to write an effective thesis statement.
Develop an Argument for a Thesis Statement
The thesis is arguably the most important part of an essay. Go from purpose statement to thesis statement by following the steps in the video or presentation. The lesson focuses in particular on developing the argument portion of the thesis, leaving the sub-points for later. Part of a series of videos about persuasive writing, the activities here build upon previous lessons in a logical way that will help young writers unpack prompts and write effective essays. Take a glance at the provided presentation and coach's commentary for additional materials and explanation.
A good thesis is hard to craft. Model for your writers how to develop and refine thesis statements with a series of slides that discuss the purpose and format of this all-important sentence. Viewers following along as the process is presented and can examine sample statements.
Writing Effective Thesis Statements and Introductory Paragraphs for Research Papers
After reading on the topic of their paper, high schoolers work in pairs to assess how to write powerful, precise thesis statements. The introduction contains three statements: a universal statement, a bridge statement, and a thesis statement. The lesson is designed for research projects, but it could translate well to any essay that involves stating a claim or argument.
Creating Thesis Sentences
Growing writers explore what it takes to develop and support a thesis statement with pre-fabricated ideas provided by the Virginia Department of Education. Learners take notes on what makes a thesis statement and a topic sentence, and move into a group effort where the paragraph crafters develop the parts of a paragraph from the given prompt (or one developed by the educator) and assemble the labor into a clear piece of writing. The activity is enforced by a worksheet where the thesis statement, topic sentence and supporting details are scattered and must be reassembled into a proper paragraph. Strategies for differentiation are available.
Write a Research Thesis Statement
The thesis statement is at the heart of a well-developed essay, and as the narrator of this video emphasizes from the start, having no thesis statement would be like "taking a picture that's really out of focus." With this resource, walk your young writers through three basic steps to constructing a research thesis statement. Viewers are instructed to review their research questions, restate their questions as a complete sentences, and then to ask, "Am I teaching others something new?" While the video is part of an instructional series based on a particular reading and research question, the skills are transferable to whatever subject you are covering in your own class.
Stating Your Case: Writing Thesis Statements Effectively
As a writer, if you have a weak introductory paragraph or thesis statement, you might lose your audience! Have your middle and high schoolers practice writing introductory paragraphs that include clear thesis statements in response to document based questions. Use this lesson to work on writing essays for document-based question, as well as to reinforce the concept of a strong thesis statement and introductory claim.
Develop Sub-points to Support a Thesis Statement
A thesis has two jobs. First, it must present an opinion or claim. It also needs to outline the support a writer is going to use in his essay in order to give the reader an idea of what's to come. The video and presentation includes a step-by-step method for formulating the sub-points of a thesis. Watch the video and teach the concept later, or show the video to your class. There are useful additional materials available on the page. The coach's commentary is particularly helpful and provides instructional ideas for the lesson plan and related lessons. This is a continuation of a series of lessons about persuasive writing.
Writing a Thesis Statement and Paraphrasing for Note-taking
Ninth graders synthesize data from a variety of sources into a thesis statement and paraphrase main ideas for notetaking. A four-paragraph essay is developed using the thesis and notes as a guide.
Students explain the purpose of a thesis statement in an academic essay. They identify the two components of a basic thesis statement. Students identify, create and correct thesis statements.
Create an urbane battle royal in class with the old Coke vs. Pepsi challenge that develops upper level high school learners skills in developing counterarguments in essay writing. The educator divides the room according to tastes, and the soda consumers collaborate and produce positive arguments for their product. A battle ensues where the sides display their best arguments, and then use those arguments to develop a thesis statement for an essay. The educator concludes by reviewing the steps in writing a counter argument.
Organizational Patterns for the Comparison/Contrast Essay
Organization is key in essay writing. Assist writers with organization using this detailed handout. In two charts, this resource outlines two possible approaches to writing a compare and contrast style essay. After reading through this information, learners practice their organizational skills by writing an outline using each of the described patterns. This handout is appropriate for more advanced writers who are already able to formulate thesis statements.
New! Writing a Thesis Statement
Why is the thesis statement generally the last sentence of the introductory paragraph? What are the functions of thesis statements? How is a thesis statement crafted? Here's a worksheet that answers all these questions and provides writers with an opportunity to practice drafting a thesis.
Develop an understanding of main ideas and thesis statements with your class by using this step-by-step presentation. The concepts presented will guide learners through essay focus, main idea, central points, coherency, and proper positioning of a thesis statement. Tip: Use as an overview to a new essay assignment.
Students write sentences using different writing styles. Through peer editing, they hone their writing to create effective thesis statements. They create a glossary of text messaging terms.
Inspiration: Research Papers 1-2-3: Diagram>Outline>Publish
Bring research papers into the 21st century using this guide to Inspiration Software. If you don't have the program, take a look at the visuals and step-by-step process, which are helpful for any classroom. Using a pre-made template, learners simply research and fill in various sections to organize their findings for the perfectly structured paper. They keep track of multiple sources, write a thesis statement, take notes, include visuals and hyperlinks, and integrate ideas to form a cohesive final product.
For many emerging writers, essays are completed step-by-step. With the help of this lesson, learners will narrow down a topic, develop a thesis statement, develop a preliminary outline, conduct Internet research, and understand the process one goes through before writing an essay. Breaking the assignment into manageable chunks will really help your writers stay organized and focused!
Go Ahead, Make Me Sway!
Learners use the internet to research a topic in support of their thesis. They write a thesis statement and develop an outline to back it up. They present their ideas to the class.
Persuasive Writing: Fact or Opinion
What is the difference between a fact and an opinion? Middle schoolers categorize statements as either facts or opinions before writing a persuasive essay to support a thesis statement they create. This is a great introduction to persuasive writing at the middle school level!