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Create a Thesis Statement_DBQ


What is your main point in writing the DBQ essay?
Consider the information you have pulled from the documents and decide the focal point of your essay. 

Time To Complete 

1 Hour

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.R.7
  • CCRA.W.5
  • CCRA.W.8

I Can Statements 

  • I can:
    • Introduce claim(s) about a topic or issue, acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically (6-8.WHST.1a)
    • Establish a clear position in a thesis statement
    • Acknowledge and distinguish counterclaims
  • I will know my main idea or thesis statement is of high quality if it:
    • Draws conclusions that are supported by clear reasons and strong evidence uncovered by my research


Suggestions for Assessing Student Readiness to Move Forward:

  • Confer with students, asking probing questions about their main idea, their reasons and evidence, and exploring counterclaims to gauge how well it meets the quality criteria.
  • Ask students to lay out their claims, reasons, and evidence in a thesis statement, draft introductory paragraph, or suitable pre-writing activity.
Possible Activities 
  1. To help students narrow their topics, have them discuss or free-write about their understanding of and the important facts they learned from the documents. 

  2. Give students direct instruction in a mini-lesson format on how to create a strong thesis statement based on facts.

  3. Give students groups of facts and have them create thesis statements.  Have them use provided criteria to evaluate the responses of their peers and make revisions to improve the thesis statements.

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