Make thesis statements relatable to your students with this engaging, relevant presentation that depicts the thesis statement as the "star of the show," the moment the reader has been waiting for!
This 23-page PDF contains thorough instruction on thesis statements and multiple examples of good and bad thesis statements.
This presentation covers 3-part thesis statements but also challenges students to experiment with open thesis statements, if they're ready for it. (If your students need the basic formulaic 3-part thesis, that's fine--just skip over the slides that encourage them to "try new things.")
I use this as a mini-lesson during writers' workshop. Oftentimes I have students draft a thesis statement with no instruction; then, I review this presentation and discuss the good/bad examples, and I have them revise their thesis after! This makes the instruction more meaningful because they have the immediate goal of revising their thesis.
Check out my other minilessons and activities for writing workshop here:
Writing Introductions: The First Impression MINILESSON
Writing Conclusions: The Mic Drop MINILESSON
Language/Word Choice Revision MINILESSON
Engaging Peer Review Rotation ACTIVITY