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Writing a 3-point Thesis Statement

Teaches students to write a clear three point thesis statement

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Writing a 3-point Thesis Statement

  1. 1. Thesis Statements
  2. 2. The Thesis Statement • What do you know about it? • Take a minute to brainstorm with a classmate: • What is it? • When do you use one? • Why do you need one? • How does it work? • Where does it go? • What does it do?
  3. 3. The Thesis Sentence/ Statement o Every essay should have a thesis statement. o It is a single declarative sentence that states the main idea of an essay. o It answers a question or a writing prompt.
  4. 4. Basic Thesis Sentence Examples Writing prompt: o What is your favorite time of year? Thesis statement: o Spring is definitely the best time of year. Writing prompt: o Should students have to go to school year round? Thesis Statement: o Students absolutely should not have to go to school all year long.
  5. 5. What did you notice? • A thesis statement answers the question AND states the main idea of the essay – all in one clear and concise sentence. • It restates the question. • It tells the reader WHAT you will be explaining throughout the rest of the essay (this also helps keep you focused!)
  6. 6. The 3-Point Thesis Sentence Let’s take it to the next level: In the same sentence, give three reasons for your answer. Hint: These three reasons will become the topics of your three body paragraphs. Your thesis statement now gives a basic outline of your paper.Tip: Put your best reason last!
  7. 7. 3-Point Thesis Sentence Example Spring is definitely the best time of year. o Spring is definitely the best time of year because there are more hours of sunshine, it gets warmer outside, and all the plants start to bloom and turn green. Notice the word because comes after the answer and before the 3 reasons why.
  8. 8. 3-Point Thesis Sentence Example Students absolutely should not have to go to school year round. o Students absolutely should not have to go to school year round because they deserve a break, it’s too hot in the summer for them to work, and students and teachers all come back refreshed after a nice break.
  9. 9. Your Turn Writing Prompt: o Should students be allowed to eat snacks in the classroom? Why or why not? Thesis Sentence: o Students (should / should not) be allowed to eat snacks in the classroom because ______, _________, and ________.
  10. 10. Your Turn Writing Prompt: o Write an essay explaining why a decision you made was the right one? Thesis Sentence: o My decision to______________ was the right one because___________, ___________, and ____________.
  11. 11. Thesis Statements vs. Topic Sentences Thesis Statements & Topic Sentences o Thesis statements provide the main ideas of each of the body paragraphs (the 3 reasons why). o Each body paragraph needs a topic sentence. What does a topic sentence do? •It provides one of the reasons why. •It makes a strong declarative statement. •It states the main idea of the paragraph. •It helps you stay focused as you’re writing! •It acts as a smooth transition to your next topic.
  12. 12. Topic Sentence Example Thesis Sentence: Spring is definitely the best time of year because there are more hours of sunshine, it gets warmer outside, and all the plants start to bloom and turn green. Topic Sentence Paragraph #1: One of the greatest things about spring is that the sun begins to stay out longer, so we have more hours of sunshine every day. Topic Sentence Paragraph #2: More sunshine also brings warm weather, and warm weather is one of the best reasons to love spring. Topic Sentence Paragraph #3: My favorite thing about spring is how beautiful and alive everything looks: the fresh flowers, the new leaves on the trees, and the new green grass.
  13. 13. Your Turn Thesis Sentence: Students absolutely should not have to go to school year round because they deserve a break, it’s too hot in the summer for them to work, and students and teachers all come back refreshed after a nice break. Topic Sentence Paragraph 1: Topic Sentence Paragraph 2: Topic Sentence Paragraph 3:
  14. 14. Practice Writing Prompt: In order to survive, people have been known to go to great lengths and to do things they would not ordinarily do. Write an essay for your teacher that explains the lengths to which people will go in order to survive. You may use examples from real life, books, movies, or television shows to support your essay. Write a thesis statement and your three topic sentences for this prompt.
  15. 15. Now you have an outline!! • All that’s left now is to fill in the details, add some “voice” or personality, and make sure to move smoothly (or transition) from one paragraph to the next. • Make sure your grammar is good. • Oh – one more thing: the conclusion paragraph!
  16. 16. Basics of the conclusion paragraph Use different wording to: • Restate your answer to the question • Remind the reader about your reasons • Make a new and interesting comment about one of your reasons • Use 4-5 sentences End with something memorable!
  17. 17. PARCC Practice For your Essay you will be reading about to scientific studies on elephants. You will read a total of 3 articles. The first article is about the experiment, the second is a passage from the study, the third is a completely different study on elephant behavior. As you read you will gather information about the authors/researchers points of view and purposes for writing.

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