Introduction Paragraph & Thesis Statement Lesson

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This lesson explains the format and purpose of an introduction paragraph, moving from broad to specific. It then explains the format for an effective thesis, providing strong criteria and even a formula for writing theses. It follows with an activity where students judge four different kinds of thesis statements. This is a great refresher for high school students who need a reminder of thesis statements or an introductory resource for first-time thesis writers.

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Total Pages
18 pages
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.


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