This is an activity with a handout/worksheet that helps students learn how to put together an argumentative thesis statement, as well as helps students brainstorm possible supporting points for an argument.
I used this activity with groups with great success, but you can easily modify the "Names of group members" line for individual completion as well. This would also be good to do as a whole-class activity on the board.
This activity contains six different arguments for students to work with. All arguments reflect a similar structure (x is doing y), and all arguments focus on a topic students should be at least somewhat comfortable with.
Each half-sheet handout includes a "what" (what the argument is), a "how" (how x accomplishes y), and a box for a "why" (why the argument is significant), which students decide for themselves. This is a scaffolded method of instruction, intended for students who are not yet proficient at creating their own arguments completely from scratch.
You might also like my lesson on creating a research paper outline, which includes discussion of thesis statements and topic sentences:
Created for Ms Moore's English Classroom