Writing a Thesis Statement: Lesson and Activities

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
Formats Included
  • Zip
16 pages, 26 slides, and 16 task cards
Share this resource
Also included in
  1. Need an all-encompassing argumentative writing unit that's scaffolded and meets the needs of a wide range of learners in middle school and high school? This argumentative writing unit is complete with activities that you can use to meet students wherever they are in their writing journey. It's creat
    Save $10.49


The thesis statement is the most critical aspect of an essay. For that reason, I spend quite a bit of time making sure my students' thesis statements are perfected before we begin pre-writing.

This thesis statement lesson focuses specifically on writing solid, effective thesis statements for argumentative essays. It contains:

1. A 26-slide presentation that covers the purpose of a thesis statement, the difference between a thesis and topic as well as between a thesis and topic sentence, common thesis-writing mistakes, and "Your Turn!" exercises for students. This document is included in both EDITABLE and SECURE versions. The secured version features special copyrighted graphics and fonts. The editable version does not.

2. Three different exercises to reinforce the material in the presentation. Two of them are worksheets that will allow students to practice identifying weak thesis statements and writing strong ones. One of the practice worksheets asks students to turn a topic into a thesis statement because students often confuse the two.

3. Sixteen task cards for review and discussion purposes. An answer sheet and answer key are included.

4. An informal game that can be played as a whole class or in small groups. The purpose is to allow students fun repetition in creating argumentative thesis statements for different topics.

5. Three graphic organizers to help students begin brainstorming for their own thesis statements and supporting reasons.

6. A suggested lesson and usage guide.

If you want to make sure your students are thoroughly prepared to write strong argumentative thesis statements, use this lesson.

Please note: This lesson is not intended for literary analysis essays. The examples and tips included were created for argumentative, persuasive, and debate-style topics.

If used according to the suggestions provided, this lesson should take approximately 4 days (with 45 minute class periods). Time may vary depending on the length of your discussions.

These teaching resources are perfect for grades 7 through 10 and should especially resonate with struggling writers. The explanations and examples are simple and clear so as not to add unnecessary frustration.


Looking for additional writing tools to add to your repertoire? Find these in my store:

Writing Pre-Assessment

Color-Coded Essay Graphic Organizer

Embedding Quotations in Research Papers MLA Practice

The Writing Games! Engaging MLA Research and Writing Skills Dice Game

Argumentative Research Paragraph Instructional Materials

Plagiarism Minilesson

MLA Research and Writing Skills Unit Assessment or Final Exam or Question Bank

Seven Deadly Sins of Sentence Fluency

Rules for Commas & Semicolons

Verbals Practice or Review Worksheet, Activity, & Task Cards

Verbals Unit Bundle

Prepositional Phrases Bundle

Types of Sentences Bundle

The Grammar Games! Dice Review

And more here!

Stay in touch:






A Couple Tips:

* Be sure to click the "follow" button that is located next to my picture so that you can hear about sales and new products!

* By providing feedback on your purchased products, you can earn points, which ultimately translate into cash toward future purchases...bonus! Plus, I'd love to hear from you.

© 2017 The Reading & Writing Haven

All rights reserved by author.

Duplication limited to single classroom use only.

Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.

Total Pages
16 pages, 26 slides, and 16 task cards
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
4 days
Report this Resource to TpT
Reported resources will be reviewed by our team. Report this resource to let us know if this resource violates TpT’s content guidelines.


to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.


Questions & Answers

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.

More About Us

Keep in Touch!

Sign Up