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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 115 Views 81 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 104 Views 185 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 17 Views 12 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Structure and Support
Eighth graders read copies of The Declaration of Independence, United States constitution, and the Bill of Rights. They write an opinion about the document they feel is most important in the history of the united states. This is their thesis statement.
8th Language Arts 3 Views 12 Downloads
Students rearrange three groups of sentences within three paragraphs in numerical order. In this topic sentences activity, students write a topic sentence for three already formed paragraphs and write three original topic sentences for five prompts.
7th - 9th Language Arts 89 Views 378 Downloads
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 28 Views 31 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 11 Views 9 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 55 Views 661 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 51 Views 166 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 57 Views 719 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 45 Views 239 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 43 Views 503 Downloads
Writing Prompts: Content-Area Paragraph and Creating a Topic Sentence
In this content-area writing prompt instructional activity, students sharpen their writing skills as they select 1 of 4 listed content-area writing prompts to complete. Students respond to 6 questions that require them to write topic sentences.
6th - 8th Language Arts 47 Views 222 Downloads
Topic Sentences and Transitions
High school writers identify the purpose of both a topic sentence and a transitional statement. They write a topic sentence which denotes the paragraph topic and the author's stand on that topic. Then they write an effective transitional statement which connects the ideas of a preceding paragraph to those of a subsequent paragraph.
9th - 12th Technology & Engineering 21 Views 136 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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
Top it all off with a Topic Sentence
Students practice the strategy of locating the topic sentence in a paragraph to increase their understanding of text as well as becoming better readers. They view and locate the topic sentence in paragraph 3, page 107, from "All About the Jungle," by Armstrong Sperry.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 8 Views 56 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 22 Views 236 Downloads