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Thesis Statements are like Menus (DISTANCE LEARNING): Lesson for ANY Essay!

Secondary Sara
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Now includes Google, PDF, *and* Office versions! 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 handout (PDF, Google Slides, and editable PPT files), 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!)

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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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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
Introduce claim(s), acknowledge alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
Introduce claim(s) and organize the reasons and evidence clearly.

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