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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 182 Views 130 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 142 Views 200 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 76 Views 681 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 69 Views 677 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
Revise an Argument by Color-Coding Topic Sentences and Corresponding Evidence
Essay drafts always have room for improvement. Show your pupils the holes in their essays by presenting the video (or matching slide show), or using the technique presented here as a model for your own teaching. In order to improve her argument, the narrator highlights the main points in one of her topic sentences, each point in a different color, and then highlights the corresponding evidence for each main point.
6 mins 7th - 9th Language Arts 22 Views 27 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 68 Views 731 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 56 Views 174 Downloads
Students 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
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. Learners also plan their own piece of writing on a graphic organizer.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History 54 Views 511 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 34 Views 32 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
Think Up a Thesis
Practice writing effective thesis statements with this helpful instructional activity. 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 52 Views 1104 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 25 Views 138 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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.
4 mins 7th - 8th Language Arts 20 Views 35 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 35 Views 27 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Revising: Developing Topic Sentences for My Accessing Books Around the World Informative Paragraph
Revision is an important part of the writing process. Focus on revising topic sentences and details with the plan described here. This is part of a unit, so pupils have already filled out a graphic organizer about traveling libraries that is part of a bookmark project.
3rd Language Arts 28 Views 24 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Students rearrange three groups of sentences within three paragraphs in numerical order. In this topic sentences worksheet, students write a topic sentence for three already formed paragraphs and write three original topic sentences for five prompts.
7th - 9th Language Arts 103 Views 388 Downloads
Writing a Topic Sentence
Here is an inventive, and easy-to-implement lesson on the writing of topic sentences. Learners review what a topic sentence is, practice identifying topic sentences in an informational article, then play a really cool game. All of the worksheets and instructions needed for the game are embedded in this engaging plan.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 190 Views 371 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