They need to pay attention to the question's details, and also to its form (e.g. Compare and contrast, explain and describe, assess the validity, etc. which can guide the way they structure their thesis statement and the essay as a whole. The Top Bun of your essay! 4-6 sentences. The Introductory Paragraph. Establish time place. Create a clear, thesis statement. Underline or highlight.
A single DBQ on this topic and several alternate thesis statements are then used in three student activities. These illustrate what makes thesis statements effective, as well some common problems or mistakes in writing clear thesis statements.
If they lack a sense of the overall purpose and structure of such essays, they will not see the central importance of the thesis statement within that structure. Students in a hurry often fail to tailor the thesis statement to the exact details and form of the DBQ or other essay prompt. Directions: This web page explains the different parts to a thesis statement and helps you create your own. You can click on the example button in each section. Have students complete Activity 1 and Activity 2. In these activities they will make several choices among alternative thesis statements, all of which respond to the lesson's DBQ. If they have read the introductory essay and studied the sources, these activities will not take much time to complete. This list is typical of checklists on this topic, with much good advice, but without the practice activity that will help students apply the advice. See more on this topic elsewhere on our website.