The lesson outlines how to write a thematic essay for the regents. It defines what a thematic essay is, lists the components of a thematic essay, and allows the students to work in groups and create an introduction, body outline, and conclusion for a thematic essay. The lesson allows the students to do peer review at each completed section, intro, body, and conclusion. The lesson also outlines 5 ways in which a student can make their essay analytical. The lesson comes complete with, aim, do now, common core standards, student objectives (based on depth of knowledge), differentiation, self analysis charts, and rules reminder on each slide for classroom management.