Linking Thesis Statements to Supporting Evidence - Lesson Plan Idea
Linking Thesis Statements to Supporting Evidence - Overview
Use thesis statements from ProCon.org to help students get a better feel for what a thesis statement is and how it relates to the paragraph that follows it.
Choose any micro site topic from ProCon.org and print out the full list of pro and con statements (one set for each student). Cut each statement into two pieces: the bolded thesis statement and its supporting evidence. Shuffle all the pieces until they are well mixed.
Give each student a set and ask them to match each thesis statement with the evidence statement that best supports it. To take full advantage of the kinesthetic nature of the activity, make sure students have plenty of space to lay out the statements and move everything around.
When completed, ask students to explain their choices. Wrap up by having students check their answers against the ProCon.org site and explain any discrepancies (i.e., why their reasoning was faulty).