Students will develop several theses about fiction through discussion.
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.