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1 Aim: How do you write a thesis statement Aim: How do you write a thesis statement? Do Now: Write the main idea of the essay you are writing in Social Studies.
2 Thesis StatementA thesis statement is a complete sentencethat contains the main idea of your entire essay. It also contains the main ideas of your body paragraph.A thesis statement also tells your reader how your essay will be organized. This way when the reader reads your essay, they know what the essay is about, so you do not have to write “My essay will be about…” Or “I am going to tell you about…”
3 A thesis statement is a road map for your essay! IntroductionESSAYThesis StatementBody Paragraph #1Body Paragraph #2Body Paragraph #3
4 Thesis Statement Example When I was young, I always knew that I wanted to become a teacher someday. When I played, I would often gather my dolls together and pretend to teach them how to do math problems or how to read a book. As I grew older, my desire to become an ESL teacher became clearer as I did some volunteer teaching. My reasons for becoming a teacher are my love for the English language, my innate interest in how people learn, and my desire to help other people .Body paragraph main ideas in the thesis help the reader know how the essay will be organizedThe thesis statement contains the main idea that controls the content of the essay.
5 Thesis Statement Another Example Early humans were smarter than you might think. Early humans struggled to meet their basic needs, but also invented the first technologies to help make their lives easier. In some ways our lives today are similar to their lives millions of years ago. Early human’s lives were different and similar to our lives today because we have similar shelters and food but our technologies are very different today.Body paragraph main ideas in the thesis or nearby help the reader know how the essay will be organizedThe thesis statement contains the main idea that controls the content of the essay.
6 Key Features Thesis Statement states the main idea of the essay in a complete sentence. (Remember a complete sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a period!)is the last sentence of the introduction paragraph.lists body paragraph main ideas.
7 Thesis statement formulas You can plug in your three main ideas into these examples for your thesis statement.Early humans had different___1____ , but similar____2____ and ___3___ like we have today. Early humans have similar ____1____ and ____2____ that we have today, but different_____3____.
8 Independent Work: Independent work 1 Independent Work: Independent work 1.Complete every box on your essay planning page. 2. Write the rough draft of your essay. 3. You must include a thesis statement use the examples. 4. After finishing your introduction paragraph, raise your hand to have Ms Beesch review your thesis statement.
9 Aim: How do you revise and edit an essay Aim: How do you revise and edit an essay? HW: (will be decided by your classroom behavior today)
10 Revising-means you look at the content and organization of your writing. Revising=fixing the big stuff. Questions to ask yourself Do I have… 1. 1 introduction paragraph? 2. 3 body paragraphs? 3. 1 conclusion paragraph? 4. paragraphs with at least 5 sentences? 5. a thesis statement at the end of my introduction? Did I… 6. put the3 main ideas from my body paragraphs in my thesis statement? 7. write my body paragraphs written in “good paragraph” format? (topic sentence, 3 details, concluding sentence) 8. use transition words to make my essay flow well?
11 Editing- which comes after revision means you check your spelling, grammar and punctuation. Editing=fixing the small stuff. Questions to ask yourself Did I… 1. spell correctly? 2. use capital letters correctly? 3. use correct punctuation (, . ’ ?)? 4. use the plural form of a word when talking about more than one thing? (Ex early humans are…) 5. use the past tense(-ed) when talking about things that happened in the past? 6. indent paragraphs? 7.write neatly? 8. include a heading and title?