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Creating Thesis Statement Activities

Thesis Statement Activity

After completing this activity, you may download or print a completion report that summarizes your results. To save a PDF copy of the report, click below and follow instructions for your browser.

  • Printing and Download Instructions

    There may be times when you would like to make a PDF of your activity or your results, or both. Below are directions on how to do this in several different browsers.

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    In the lower right corner of the activity, click the printer icon. (NOTE: This is not the Print button at the bottom of the page.) Select either Print all slides or Print current slide. On the Print popup, under Printer, select the option that relates to pdf. Click Print. Give the file a name. (NOTE: It is recommended that you include your name in the file name if you plan to send the file to someone as proof that you have completed the activity.) Navigate where you would like the file saved, and click Save.
    In the lower right corner of the activity, click the printer icon. (NOTE: This is not the Print button at the bottom of the page.) Select either Print all slides or Print current slide. On the Print popup, in the Name: field, select the option that relates to pdf. Click OK. Give the file a name. (NOTE: It is recommended that you include your name in the file name if you plan to send the file to someone as proof that you have completed the activity.) Navigate where you would like the file saved, and click Save.
    In the lower right corner of the activity, click the printer icon. (NOTE: This is not the Print button at the bottom of the page.) Select either Print all slides or Print current slide. On the Print popup, under Destination, click the Change... button. Select Save as PDF. In the Print popup, click the Save button In the Save As popup window, give the file a name. (NOTE: It is recommended that you include your name in the file name if you plan to send the file to someone as proof that you have completed the activity.) Navigate where you would like the file saved, and click Save.
    In the lower right corner of the activity, click the printer icon. (NOTE: This is not the Print button at the bottom of the page.) Select either Print all slides or Print current slide. On the Print popup, in the Name: field, select the option that relates to pdf. Click Print. Give the file a name. (NOTE: It is recommended that you include your name in the file name if you plan to send the file to someone as proof that you have completed the activity.) Navigate where you would like the file saved, and click Save.
    In the lower right corner of the activity, click the printer icon. (NOTE: This is not the Print button at the bottom of the page.) Select either Print all slides or Print current slide. On the Print popup, click the dropdown menu in the bottom left that says PDF and sect Save as PDF. In the popup, type in a name for the file. (NOTE: It is recommended that you include your name in the file name if you plan to send the file to someone as proof that you have completed the activity.) Navigate where you would like the file saved and click Save.

Thesis Statement Writing Workshop

​If you are thinking about trying to get your students thinking and writing critically this is a great place to start. This 50 minute workshop gets kids thinking, creating and collaborating. Kids travel from station to station to learn about thesis statements and they have fun while they're at it. At the conclusion of the workshop, students know how to write a thesis statement using evidence. We recommend it as a first step before tackling Document Based Question essays with your students.

The good news is that below you will find the different components you will need to set up your own thesis workshop. We've got everything from student handouts to video clips to exit slips. In the spirit of what BubbleUp Classroom is all about, we hope that you will free free to add, change and adjust these materials to fit the needs of your own students. If you come up with something fabulous please share it with us! We love to hear about new, bubbly ideas.

Also, if you aren't feeling particularly techie -- skip Pick the Best and Write It. These stations require you to set up google forms so that you can collect the student data. Or better yet, find a techie colleague and get to it! 

​​Station Details
LEGOland
One word per brick, students physically build thesis statements. Stems can be provided for additional support.
  • Words for each LEGO set (MS Word | PDF)
  • Thesis stems for scaffolding (MS Word | PDF)
Thesis CSI
Using evidence statements on a topic, students put together a thesis statement. Stems can be provided for additional support.Pick the Best
Students pick the best thesis statement of each setting, piecing together a QR code puzzle to check their work.
Map It
Students deconstruct, or map, thesis statements into the graphic organizer.Rewrite It
Given poorly written statements, students rewrite them into strong, concise thesis statements.
  • Sample Rewrite Form
    Create your own Google Form to use this in your classroom. Or, you can even do this activity the low tech way -- on paper: have students pull a poorly written thesis statement out of a box and rewrite it!
  • Rewrite It -- examples (MS Word | PDF)
Exit Pass
Using what they have learned, students write a strong thesis statement on any topic of their choice.
  • Workshop Exit Pass (MS Word | ​PDF)

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