Students’ age range: 14-16
Topic: Writing the Thesis Statement
Description: Each group of two students will be given a think-pair-share worksheet as well as a topic. (Topics include: the consequences of dropping out of school, why do you admire a person, why parents are sometimes strict, why do you enjoy a particular teacher, explain how moving from place to place affects teens, explain the major stressors in a teens life, explain why you like or don’t like working in a team?)
The teacher will explain the purpose of expository writing is to explain a topic in a logical and straightforward manner. Without bells and whistles, expository writing presents a fair and balanced analysis of a subject based on facts, with no references to the writer's opinions or emotions.
Encourage students to complete the think and pair section of the worksheet with their ideas and their partner's ideas on the topic.
Model a thesis statement for the group, ask them to explain what I just did and what purpose that would serve. Establish that a thesis statement is generally a complete sentence that outlines the writers stand and three main points to support that stand.
Project sample statements on the board and ask each group to evaluate what the statement includes or is missing.
Encourage students to return to their group and créate a thesis statement in the SHARE column that combines their ideas on the topic.