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Writing an Effective Thesis Statement: PPT, Activities & Assessment

Carla McLeod
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7th - 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
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The thesis statement is the most important sentence within an essay, establishing the content and structure of the entire piece. However, developing an effective thesis is a challenging process for many students. This resource provides the basics to developing an effective thesis for an informative or argumentative essay, including definitions, explicit instruction, examples (and non-examples) and plenty of practice and assessment activities.


24-SLIDE FULLY EDITABLE POWERPOINT that walks students through the basics of a thesis statement and how to develop an effective one, including plenty of practice and assessment opportunities. (Also included as a PDF to ensure compatibility with all computers, software and fonts.)

GUIDED NOTES to encourage active student engagement during instruction and support struggling students (and slow note-takers) who may need help capturing key details.

MULTIPLE PRACTICE AND ASSESSMENT ACTIVITIES AND HANDOUTS in which students evaluate thesis statement examples and develop their own. Includes individual, pair and group activities.

Common Core Standards Addressed:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.2. Write informative/explanatory texts

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.2.A. Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.1. Write arguments to support claims

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.1.A. Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task.

Strengthen student writing skills by ensuring they can master the all-important thesis statement.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.


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