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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.
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.
New! Write a Thesis Statement for an Argumentative Essay
A strong thesis statement sets the tone for any piece of expository writing. In the second lesson plan of this series, young writers follow a step-by-step process to narrow down their topics and create an argumentative statement that can be supported with details. Warn learners against writing the words I think, but instead encourage them to state their opinions as if they were facts. Generate additional examples that model both strong and weak thesis statements to further support learners with this difficult stage of the writing process.
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.
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.
Write Sub Points for a Thesis Statement
Having evidence to support a claim is something that we consistently emphasize to young writers. Begin that discussion with your class by presenting this video, which illustrates how to generate sub points for a thesis statement, as well as the importance of including those points within the thesis itself. Try pausing the video and having the class list ideas for possible sub points of the thesis presented in the resource. Then as a whole group, categorize and condense your list to formulate three major sub points to be added to the thesis.
Write a Thesis Statement for an Argumentative Essay
Young writers often construct papers that lack focus and organization. While a thesis statement is designed to combat this issue, it is important that writers ask themselves the following questions: Did I state what I will be arguing? Did I state the reasons for my argument? Does it clearly tell the reader what my essay will be about? This resource delves into these questions, and will guide your class in determining whether an argument is worthwhile and how to draft a solid thesis statement for an argumentative essay. This is the second video in a series; however, you could also use it as a stand-alone lesson if you prefer.
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.
Draft a Thesis Statement
Are you tired of reading weak and uninteresting thesis statements in your middle schoolers' argumentative essays? Use a short video about thesis statements to improve the central argument in their writing. The second of seven videos in a series, these strategies could be a quick and easy way to transition your beginning writers into proficiency.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Introductions: Definition and Writing Tips
Using PowerShow.com, this presentation focuses on how to write basic introductions including four main points: create an opening sentence that sizzles, identify a clear, central idea, relate the topic's importance, and write a solid thesis statement. Each of these elements is briefly explained, but no examples are shown. Strengthen this by providing some examples to guide beginning writers.
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.
How to Write the Thesis Statement
A thesis statement is one of the most important aspects in a paper; make sure your class can create solid, concise statements for each of their large essays, particularly analytical essays. This presentation is extremely thorough, and it would best be used alongside an assignment sheet that details what their writing topic is. That way, as you progress through the slides, you could stop to look at that aspect of the assignment sheet. Examples are also given.
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.