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How to #Teach thesis statements w/#EdTech #TeacherTools

Free Thesis Generator Graphic Organizer

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In years past, I’ve used this fantastic graphic organizer to help teach the concept of thesis statements to students ranging from seventh grade to eleventh grade. It really helps them break down their thesis into manageable parts before they embark upon the writing of the whole essay.

Along with this great teacher tool, I use this video to show how a thesis statement is used to prove a point.

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Students Synthesize Primary Sources w/ This Titanic Handout #engchat #engedu #english-teacher


Here’s the graphic organizer I use with my English students when we read “R.M.S. Titanic” (the newspaper article) along with accompanying documents found in the Holt Elements of Literature textbook, in addition to the fascinating and significantly contrary article, found on Wikipedia, that offers biographical information about J. Bruce Ismay.

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Image of four graphic organizers that use bubles, ovals, and rectangles to connect ideas

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Spider Web Prewrite Template for Teaching the Common Core for Writing


I have designed a spider web prewrite template (webbing graphic organizer) to help teachers encourage students to prewrite as they address the writing aspect of the common core curriculum. Here it is for you to download and use in your classroom:

Web Prewriting Template

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Free Thesis Statement Graphic Organizer / Worksheet to Accompany the YouTube Video

How to teach students about the trustworthiness of websites like Wikipedia

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So my last post displayed the YouTube video that I created for teaching thesis statement basics to kids/teens. It’s especially helpful if you’re teaching the three-point thesis that coordinates well with a fundamental five-paragraph essay.

Today I’m posting the handout (graphic organizer) that goes with my video. You’ll find the questions on this worksheet–especially the questions on the first page–match the questions and concepts on that YouTube video that I posted last time.

Just in case you’re not good at navigating through my blog, here’s a link to the YouTube video that goes with the following handout:

Thesis Statement Graphic Organizer

Have fun teaching thesis statements folks! And remember, show your gratitude for my freebees by linking, posting, and spreading the word about my helpful websites. Thanks a bunch!

Vocabulary Definitions for Teaching Career and College Readiness

FAFSA and College Degree Vocabulary Words

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Last week I posted the lined copy of these career-and-college-readiness vocabulary terms. This week I’m posting the definitions that match. Here are both documents for you to download and use with your classes:

Writing Vocabulary List 36 Occupations Lined Copy

Writing Vocabulary List 36 Definitions

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Vocabulary List for Teaching Career and College Readiness



Career and College Ready Handouts and Graphic Organizers

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Both in my Advisory class and my language arts classes, I’ve noticed that my students don’t have the fundamental vocabulary necessary to do online career studies, so I’ve created a vocabulary list to help kids discuss and research career and college readiness. This list is based on the words the kids are always asking questions about. Here it is for you to download and use with your classes:

Writing Vocabulary List 36 Occupations Lined Copy

Now, this list is only a lined copy for the students. I’ll offer matching definitions on next week’s post, so please consider following this blog. If you do, you’ll receive my weekly handouts, Powerpoints, and graphic organizers (including the definition portion of this assignment). I only post once a week so it doesn’t overload your inbox.

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