Writing a Thesis Statement

Writing a Thesis Statement

Writing a thesis statement can be an extremely difficult skill for students to learn.

The Teaching Standards

This skill is introduced in the Tennessee State Teaching Standards beginning at the sixth grade level. While the Common Core State Standards do not use the words “thesis statement,” beginning in the first grade level, the standards say students must be able to introduce opinion pieces, and state an opinion. [This sounds like a thesis statement to me.] While I’m not sure that lower elementary students could begin to understand the complexity of the thesis statement, I do plan to continue teaching this skill to upper elementary students. 


I created a PowerPoint Presentation to use with my sixth graders. You can download by clicking on the image.

Thesis Statement PowerPointFoldable Organizers

To make the information a little easier, I have created a series of three foldable graphic organizers for students to complete while going over the PowerPoint. For the first two organizers, three versions are offered: one with blanks for students to write their own sentences; one with the sentences provided but with blank spaces for students to write in key words; and one with the answers provided. The third copy of the organizer may be used as an answer key, for differentiated instruction, for students who were absent during instruction, or if you wish for the students to have the sentences already completed. For the third organizer, students are to write example thesis statements, so only one version of the organizer is provided. You may get the printable organizers by simply clicking on any of the images below.

Free Thesis Statement Lesson with Organizers

 Free Teaching Materials - Pair the PowerPoint with the foldable organizer for a great lesson.

Gay Miller


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    • Theresa on January 25, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    BRILLIANT! I will use this for my freshmen who have a tendency to “forget” what the thesis IS and IS NOT!

    • anis on June 16, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    nice blog

    • sarah egger on September 9, 2015 at 9:02 am

    This is wonderful, thanks so much for sharing. I gave it to my fellow English teachers and we all use it and we are raving about how much the students enjoy it and learn from it.

    • Beverly on September 9, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Thank you so much.

    • Louise on October 22, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    This is so helpful. Thanks for sharing with us.

    • ENRIQUE GUZMÁN CH on November 22, 2015 at 6:22 am

    Hi. I´m from Colombia. Thanks a lot for everything.

    • Pat on September 26, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Thanks for sharing!

    • student on September 29, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Everything is very open with a really clear description.

    It was definitely informative. Your website is very useful.
    Many thanks for sharing!

  1. Most thesis statements are one sentence (Unless you have a really long paper) but if you need to add more info use a semi colon or a coordinating conjunction to add more.

    • Homeschool Teacher/Mom on March 22, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you so much! This was very helpful!!

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