This worksheet is designed to help students who already have some background in basic theses develop their critical thinking and analytical writing skills so they can move from the basic, simplistic thesis to one that is complex, sophisticated and most importantly reflective of a mature, investigative line of thought. It is based on Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour," the text of which is also included in this package. The worksheet provides extensive practice for students analyzing and writing thesis statements. Guiding questions are provided to help students in constructing theses, especially in terms of finding and maintaining focus and working at a sophisticated level of analysis. A key of sample responses is also included. This worksheet is a complement to a five-page handout that is also available in my TPT store, called on TPT the "Literary Terms Extended Handout." This handout can be purchased separately or in a bundle with this worksheet for a lower price. The handout provides extensive explanation and examples on what constitutes strong theses and what pitfalls to avoid. These materials can be used for direct teaching, reference for students, homework, or perhaps most effectively, as tools in a workshop on thesis writing. Finally, although these materials are focused on literary theses, the skills worked on certainly will transfer to other forms of theses and essay writing as well as critical thinking in general.
Literary Thesis Statements: Practice with "The Story of an Hour": by nico falk is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License