Thesis statement instruction tends to confuse students, even when taught by the best teachers…and why not???!!!
Have you ever considered that this very concise statement is also the recipient of an analogy which includes an umbrella?
…so the writer has to be concise, yet has to be encompassing. One statement must be stretched out into pages and pages of content whose elaboration serves to support this one statement.
Here’s the beauty of it: It can be done!!!!!!!
Thesis statement instruction must include:
- the tools on crafting a thesis statement
- the conceptual aspect of a thesis statement
Link below for a worksheet designed for teachers to use as they teach the concept. Students fill out the concept sort and a follow up discussion will help the students put the pieces into place.
author’s note 11/17/2012: the following attachment is not a lesson, it is a tool designed to help teachers facilitate a discussion with students on the inter-connected relationship between the thesis statement, outline, and body of the paper along with the similarities and differences between each.
author’s note 11/20/2012: