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Five Common Problems with Thesis Statements

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by Jessica Ruppert | 26 Dec 2016
Resource Description: This purpose of this lesson is to teach students to properly identify inappropriate components of thesis statements.  
Audience: University
Audience Language Proficiency: Advanced
Duration: 60 minute class period
Language Skill: Writing
Content Area: English for academic purposes 
Materials and Technology: Attached powerpoint supplement and worksheets are needed.  Worksheets are intended to be used for group activity after information is presented via powerpoint.  
Objective(s): Writing/analyzing thesis statements
Outcome(s): Students will be able to write and analyze thesis statements with knowledge of appropriate components necessary for an effective thesis statement.  
Procedure:

Present power point on the five common problems with thesis statements.

 Assign students to groups.

 Have students complete accompanying worksheets in groups to analyze thesis statements for inappropriate content/problems.

Have students rewrite problematic thesis statements as homework assignment.  

Assessment: Assessment of rewritten thesis statements (homework assignment) is used to measure lesson outcomes.  
Differentiation: In subsequent classes, have students demonstrate rewritten thesis statements from homework assignment either on visualizer or whiteboard.  As a class, analyze each thesis statement for appropriateness, effectiveness, and any problems.  Identify the topic and focus of each thesis statement.  
References: Dollahite, N. E., Haun, J., & Dollahitehaun (2011). Sourcework: Academic writing from sources (2nd ed.). Boston: Heinle/Cengage Learning.
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