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A series of questions and activities that help you brainstorm a thesis statement... on anything you want! Also known as: How to plan your 2Fer paper at SLA

A series of questions and activities that help you brainstorm a thesis statement... on anything you want! Also known as: How to plan your 2Fer paper at SLA

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  • How to Writea Real-World Thesis Statement
    Also known as: How to plan your 2Fer paper at SLA
  • At SLA, students in the 11th grade write a two-page paper every two weeks… on any topic they want.
    In order to help them develop quality thesis statements, I produced a series of activities.
    It begins with one basic question:
  • Why is the world the way that it is?
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  • Why is the world the way that it is?
    Ok, that’s the vaguest question ever. You could answer this for the rest of your life and barely scratch the surface. So it’s time to zoom in…
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  • Why is ________ the way that it is?
  • Why is ________ the way that it is?
  • Why is ________ the way that it is?
  • Why is ________ the way that it is?
  • Why are high schools the way that they are?
  • Narrow it down!
  • Narrow it down!Patterns and Themes
  • Narrow it down!Patterns and ThemesPast, Present, and Future
  • Narrow it down!Patterns and ThemesPast, Present, and FutureCause and Effect
  • Narrow it down!Patterns and ThemesPast, Present, and FutureCause and EffectUnusual Connections
  • Narrow it down!Patterns and ThemesPast, Present, and FutureCause and EffectUnusual ConnectionsExpectations vs. Reality
  • Why are high schools _______?
  • Why are they so similar
    across the country?
    Why are high schools _______?
  • Why are they so similar
    across the country?
    Why are they divided into
    Core subjects?
    Why are high schools _______?
  • Why are they so similar
    across the country?
    Why are they divided into
    Core subjects?
    Why are high schools _______?
    Why are they so focused
    on grades and rankings?
  • Why are they so similar
    across the country?
    Why are they divided into
    Core subjects?
    Why are high schools _______?
    Why are they so focused
    on grades and rankings?
    Why do so many students drop out, when most people agree that high school ed. Is essential?
  • A question is NOT a thesis statement.
  • Why are they so similar
    across the country?
    Why are they divided into
    Core subjects?
    You must ANSWER the question!
    Why are they so focused
    on grades and rankings?
    Why do so many students drop out, when most people agree that high school ed. Is essential?
  • And remember, your final thesis statement
    should set out to be
    Unique, Insightful, and Debatable
  • Why are they so similar
    across the country?
    Why are they divided into
    Core subjects?
    Try making your own thesis statement by answering one of these Q’s now.
    Why are they so focused
    on grades and rankings?
    Why do so many students drop out, when most people agree that high school ed. Is essential?
  • High schools areall so similar because…
  • High schools aresofocused on grades and rankings because…
  • Remember, it all comes down to…
    Why is ________ the way that it is?
  • Photo credits:
    Slide 6: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathycsus/408020988/sizes/l/in/photostream/
    Slide 7: http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/5391637466/in/set-72157625788363887/
    Slide 8, 9, 25: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dystopos/195707530/sizes/l/in/photostream/
    Slide 26: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pjern/2150874047/in/photostream/
    Slide 27: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fsse-info/2792355658/sizes/l/in/photostream/
    E-mail me at: Lpahomov at scienceleadership dot org