Write a Thesis Statement for an Argumentative Essay

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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. 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.

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Pros

  • The process of writing a thesis statement is clearly modeled with examples
  • Includes the narrator's thought process as he develops a thesis statement
  • Adaptable to Common Core writing standards across the upper-elementary grade levels
Cons

  • Requires a graphic organizer to support students with creating thesis statements
  • Assumes an understanding of the difference between facts and opinions
Common Core