Thesis Statements are like Menus: A Writing Lesson for ANY Essay!

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Thesis statements are like menus: a promise of what is to come. Hook and satisfy your diners/readers with this lesson!

Use this easy simile to teach your students why essays need thesis statements, how they function in an essay overall, and what a “good” one looks like. This handout can be used as a full 45-minute lesson, an activity for a mini-lesson, or a writer’s workshop tool just to differentiate for the students who need it.

This editable handout, applicable to argumentative OR informative essays, was designed as an introduction for students who have not been taught this content before, but it also serves as a great review lesson for older students, or for any learner who just needs to hear something multiple times.

Lesson includes an explanatory page that explains purpose and uses multiple metaphors to explore the function of a thesis, including the menu concept in the overall meal; then students examine “bad” and “better” versions of thesis statements using specific criteria like formality and specificity before writing their own. (Use the last portion as an exit ticket or formative checkpoint to give quick feedback!)

NOTE: This product is INCLUDED in my Five Paragraph Essay BUNDLE and is also featured in my Essay Mega Bundle! Check them out to save big (and get an EDITABLE version of this document)!

Check out the other lessons in the series!
• FREE: Conclusions are like Dessert to get an idea of what this lesson series is like!
Introductions are like Free Samples
Body Paragraphs are like Courses
Evidence is like Seasoning: Writing Lesson
Transitions are like Waiters
Proofreading is like Checking your Teeth

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Thesis Statements are like Menus: A Writing Lesson for ANY Essay!
Thesis Statements are like Menus: A Writing Lesson for ANY Essay!
Thesis Statements are like Menus: A Writing Lesson for ANY Essay!
Thesis Statements are like Menus: A Writing Lesson for ANY Essay!