Higher Order Thinking Skills- Thesis StatementsFollow these instructions to try the Thesis Statements strategy:
- As part of the writing process, have students write down a thesis statement on the classroom interactive white board, white board, or chalkboard.
- Next, have students take their interactive white board markers and generate two questions relating to the thesis statement. If no interactive white board exists, then use sticky notes. The questions can include any question type (e.g., clarifying, probing, hypothesizing), but must relate directly to the thesis statement.
For example, if the thesis statement stated, "The $700 billion bail-out of Wall Street by Congress and the President was an ill-conceived plan to solve the major economic crisis of 2008." then possible questions might be, "What if the government had no other choice?", "To what extent will this plan help the everyday citizen living on Main Street?", and "What accountability measures are in place to ensure that the $700 billion loan is repaid?"
After exploring the strategy, consider and discuss the following questions using social media with #HEATFramework or posting your response by clicking on Reply below:
- What guidelines must you consider when using Thesis Statements with your students?
- How could you utilize Thesis Statements in your classroom?
- What challenges would you face in utilizing Thesis Statements?
- Do you have other resources or ideas you would suggest for educators exploring ways of fostering student-generated questions?