What do I have to say about my topic?
Consider the research you have undertaken and the data you gathered, using it to inform the crafting of a main idea, a thesis, or an evidence-based position to focus your work.
Time To Complete
I Can Statements
- 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.
- establish a clear position on an issue in a thesis statement or introductory paragraph.
- acknowledge and distinguish counter claims.
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 counter claims to gauge how well their position 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 or drafting activity.
- Ask students to self-evaluate their work after completing one of the activities below.
Have students discuss or free-write about their understanding of and position on the topic they have researched.