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This simple organizer helps students create a strong foundation for their 5-paragraph essays.
Before I began using the thesis web, many students got bogged-down creating their outlines. They were trying to do a lot at once - organize their ideas, incorporate textual evidence, and determine the overall structure of their paper.
The thesis web separates the overall structure of the paper from the contents of individual paragraphs. I've found that when using this resource, students are much less likely to make common errors.
Students from elementary through high school can struggle to create a good essay structure. Oftentimes, a thesis doesn't cover the entire topic or simply repeats a topic sentence. Topic sentences can also end up repetitive, or at times, fail to connect to the purpose of the essay.
With the thesis web, students can easily "see" the connections between their thesis and topic sentences. It also serves as a helpful tool for providing feedback to students when you spot these common errors.
Once your students have completed their thesis webs, use our 5-Paragraph Outline Organizer for the next step in the writing process.