Lesson Plan

Developing Theses

Students will sharpen their thesis-making skills by developing several through discussion.
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Learning Objectives

Students will develop several theses about fiction through discussion.


(10 minutes)
  • Read aloud an engaging 32-page picture book, mentor text (an example of which is Fox, a text that provides strong examples of writer’s craft). A mentor text is often revisited throughout successive lessons on writing development.
  • Have the class turn to a neighbor and share any strong feelings or ideas they may have about the story.
  • Explain an author’s main goal is leave the reader with strong feelings or ideas about their story. Such ideas can be thought of as a thesis, an opinion or statement that serves as a main idea to be proved in opinion essays.