This powerpoint presentation explains what a thesis is and includes step-by-step directions for writing one yourself. It then does the same thing for topic sentences and explains their importance and the differences between them.
It also includes an activity where I put students into groups of 3-4 students, give them an essay prompt, and have them come up with a thesis statement together. There are 3 different practice essay prompts on fun and controversial topics that my students have fun debating and coming up with a thesis for (including topics such as dress code and social media).
The presentation also includes links to 2 really great video clips (about 4 minutes each) that thoroughly explain thesis statements and topic sentences. My students always love both clips and think they are hilarious (and educational!).
I use this in my high school English classes and it has really helped my students master the art of writing theses and topic sentences. I've gotten great feedback from them and really see an improvement after going through this with them! This is one of my very favorite presentations that I do throughout the year and it's always exciting to see these things just "click" in students' minds.
Enjoy! Feedback is greatly appreciated! :)