Let Us Start The Lettuce Club (Or Not): Writing A Thesis Statement

Let us be frank! Writers learn that crafting a thesis statement is not that difficult if one peals back the layers. After watching several videos about the elements of a thesis, class members read the article "Lettuce Club helps students have fun, Romaine calm during testing." Scholars then learn how to develop a claim about the club and subtopics that support their claim. A fresh and crisp approach to crafting thesis statements.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Enlarge, color print, and post the Writing Road Map infographic
  • Laminate the infographic to permit reuse
  • Review the steps for creating a thesis statement before assigning each essay
  • Use the PowerPoint to guide the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Instructors need to register for a free Newsela account to access the Lettuce Club article
  • Requires projection equipment for the videos and the PowerPoint presentation and copies of several handouts are also required
Pros
  • Teacher's notes offer additional information on how to support learners
  • Includes three options that may be used to evaluate the lesson
Cons
  • None
Common Core