I have included three different writing organizers here that teach students to construct meaningful thesis statements and create organized writing from them. These three organizers can be used in sequence during a writing unit, or they can be used in isolation to help students sharpen/review specific essay writing skills.
★The first resource, "Establishing Thesis Statements," provides students with a definition of a thesis statement, an example of one, and a list of questions/topics that result from it. The idea is to teach students how a good thesis statement establishes purpose and previews the sequence of ideas in an essay. Students have a chance to write their own thesis statement here and explore what sort of questions/topics would arise from it.
★The second resource, "Thesis and Sub-Topics," is a graphic organizer that students can use to record their thesis statement and the different topics that result from it. This can be used as a space to brainstorm and record sources that pertain to different sub-topics/body paragraphs in an essay.
★The final resource, "Organizing Your Essay," requires students to write a thesis statement and move beyond sub-topics to actually describe body paragraphs and write topic sentences for them. There is also space for students to list sources they have found through the research process.
Again, the three essay writing resources here lend themselves to sequenced use, but they could also be used in isolation.
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