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The Heart of Your Paper: 11 Methods for Writing a Topic Sentence (or a Thesis Statement)
Help your young writers produce high-quality topic and thesis statements that go beyond basic wording and really illustrate complex ideas and critical thinking skills. From however and compound sentence statements to using rhetorical questions and quotations, this worksheet includes 11 methods for writing topic sentences.
5th - 8th Language Arts 186 Views 134 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 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.
5 mins 3rd - 5th Language Arts 18 Views 13 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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.
4 mins 5th - 7th Language Arts 17 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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?
5 mins 5th - 7th Language Arts 34 Views 32 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Paragraph Review: Topic Sentences and Supporting Details
Distinguishing between topic sentences and supporting details is the challenge presented here. Learners examine pairs of sentences and label one the topic sentence and the other a supporting detail sentence. The exercise could be used as extra practice or to check for understanding.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 149 Views 206 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Take Five: Writing a Color-Coded Paragraph
Use a traffic light to model a very basic paragraph plan. The Go, or topic sentence, is written in green and expresses an opinion about the topic. Information that supports the opinion of the Go sentence is written in yellow and the Stop, or concluding sentence, is written in red.
K - 5th Language Arts 92 Views 691 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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.
9th - 12th Language Arts 70 Views 679 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Think Up a Thesis
Practice writing effective thesis statements with this helpful worksheet. Young readers take five statements that are vague ("The Jonas Brothers are cool."), and then rewrite the statements to make them more specific. Use this activity as you begin a writing unit or project.
6th - 10th Language Arts 55 Views 1110 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Writing Reference Sheet
Print out this handy reference page double sided and distribute it to your class. Individuals can use the page to aid them as they work on their topic sentences, transitions, conclusions, and paragraph structure. There is plenty of information on the page, including instructions, examples, and lists of words.
5th - 12th Language Arts 43 Views 48 Downloads
Thesis Statement + Projected Plan = Introduction
Set up your writers for writing strong introductions with a formula for putting together supported thesis statements. This reference page breaks the process down and provides an example of how to compose a thesis statement, develop a projected plan, and put the to elements together to draft an introduction.
5th - 12th Language Arts 41 Views 43 Downloads
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.
6th - 12th Language Arts 69 Views 732 Downloads
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.
7th - 12th Language Arts 58 Views 176 Downloads
Topic Sentence/Supporting Details: Thinking Aloud
Upper elementary language arts classes practice identifying the topic sentence and supporting detail in a text. They read a nonfiction passage about a new communication invention, and write the topic sentence with three supporting details. Students also plan their own piece of writing on a graphic organizer.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History 56 Views 513 Downloads
Learners write a topic sentence to a paragraph and explain that it introduces the main idea. After a whole-class demonstration, students write a complete paragraph with their topic sentence and supporting sentences. There are some excellent examples of student work, and an idea for a graphic organizer, embedded in this plan.
2nd - 4th Language Arts 55 Views 247 Downloads
New Review Paragraph Structure
Make sure your writers have the buns and the meat in their paragraph burgers with paragraph exercises. The resource gradually leads up to individuals writing their own paragraphs, starting with identification exercises, moving on to a graphic organizer, and ending with the paragraph assignment.
4th - 7th Language Arts 38 Views 29 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
How To Do an AHAP DBQ
How is an essay like a hamburger? Detailing the "meaty" parts of a well-written essay, this presentation takes students through the process of using a strong thesis statement to write a thorough and engaging response to a Document Based Question (DBQ).
9th - 12th Language Arts 6 Views 28 Downloads
Components of an Essay
Teach emerging writers how to master the topic sentence, supporting details, and concrete details. A list of transition words is also included. Several practice opportunities are listed here, presenting certain topic sentences (for example) that writers must provide concrete details for.
7th - 12th Language Arts 51 Views 113 Downloads
Paragraph Review WS-3
Does your class need practice identifying the topic sentence of a paragraph, eliminating erroneous sentences, and finding transitional words? This two-page worksheet gives kids six short paragraphs to work with in the first activity. Then, in the second, they read a given topic sentence and put the remaining sentences in a logical order.
7th - 9th Language Arts 72 Views 135 Downloads
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.
10th - 12th Language Arts 26 Views 29 Downloads
Terrific Topic Sentences
Capture the interest of your reader with terrific topic sentences. To practice hooking the reader, your class will be given writing prompts, and they must create topic sentences for each prompt provided. Encourage them to use different types of sentences (declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory).
3rd - 5th Language Arts 34 Views 241 Downloads