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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.
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.
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 plan to work on writing essays for document-based question, as well as to reinforce the concept of a strong thesis statement and introductory claim.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For many emerging writers, essays are completed step-by-step. With the help of this instructional activity, 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!
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.
Evaluative or Analogical? The wolf in the story of "The Three Little Pigs" and the wolf in "Red Riding Hood" represent what can happen to the unprepared. Despite his defeat in the end, the Big Bad Wolf is a good example for kids because he warns readers to always be prepared for disaster. Provide your essay writers a list of the six basic types of thesis statements. The examples clearly illustrate the various choices they have when crafting an interesting beginning for their paper and will help writers organize their analysis. A great resource for their writing portfolios.
How do you choose a research topic? This helpful graphic organizer is provided to aid middle and high schoolers in organizing their initial thoughts and choosing a topic. They have to narrow their topic by culture, time frame, event, etc., and brainstorm sources they can look at first.
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.
Ninth graders discover the world of Shakespeare. In this Elizabethan England lesson, 9th graders research authoritative Web sites and develop thesis statements that they support in MLA documented essays. Students also evaluate their own writing and create PowerPoint presentations to accompany their essays.