How to Writea Real-World Thesis Statement<br />Also known as: How to plan your 2Fer paper at SLA<br />
At SLA, students in the 11th grade write a two-page paper every two weeks… on any topic they want.<br />In order to help t...
Why is the world the way that it is?<br />
Why is the world the way that it is?<br />Ok, that’s the vaguest question ever. You could answer this for the rest of your...
Why is ________ the way that it is?<br />
Why is ________ the way that it is?<br />
Why is ________ the way that it is?<br />
Why is ________ the way that it is?<br />
Why are high schools the way that they are?<br />
Narrow it down!<br />
Narrow it down!Patterns and Themes<br />
Narrow it down!Patterns and ThemesPast, Present, and Future<br />
Narrow it down!Patterns and ThemesPast, Present, and FutureCause and Effect<br />
Narrow it down!Patterns and ThemesPast, Present, and FutureCause and EffectUnusual Connections<br />
Narrow it down!Patterns and ThemesPast, Present, and FutureCause and EffectUnusual ConnectionsExpectations vs. Reality<br />
Why are high schools _______?<br />
Why are they so similar <br />across the country?<br />Why are high schools _______?<br />
Why are they so similar <br />across the country?<br />Why are they divided into<br />Core subjects?<br />Why are high sch...
Why are they so similar <br />across the country?<br />Why are they divided into<br />Core subjects?<br />Why are high sch...
Why are they so similar <br />across the country?<br />Why are they divided into<br />Core subjects?<br />Why are high sch...
A question is NOT a thesis statement.<br />
Why are they so similar <br />across the country?<br />Why are they divided into<br />Core subjects?<br />You must ANSWER ...
And remember, your final thesis statement <br />should set out to be<br />Unique, Insightful, and Debatable<br />
Why are they so similar <br />across the country?<br />Why are they divided into<br />Core subjects?<br />Try making your ...
High schools areall so similar because…<br />
High schools aresofocused on grades and rankings because…<br />
Remember, it all comes down to…<br />Why is ________ the way that it is?<br />
Photo credits:<br />Slide 6: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathycsus/408020988/sizes/l/in/photostream/<br />Slide 7: http:/...
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How to Write a Real-World Thesis Statement

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

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