Made this anchor chart to help my 10th graders understand the elements of an essay and how they should all connect to the thesis statement. Although this is a 5 paragraph format, I tell my kiddos that as they mature as writers, the number of paragraphs and recommended sentences per paragraph can vary...as long as they have sufficient support for their thesis.
In persuasive writing, many students have trouble writing a clear thesis statement on what their essay is truly about. In the lesson Teaching Thesis Statements with Movie Trailers, students get to break down what is actually involved in a thesis statement
Writing a strong thesis statements is always a challenge for students. This resource will help them understand what a thesis statement is, why it is important to have one, and what a strong thesis statement looks like.
All writers of essays need to know how to write a thesis statement. Unfortunately, this proves difficult for inexperienced writers so teaching thesis statements should be the first step in teaching students how to write essays.