Collect all the papers, shuffle them, and redistribute. Here's the activity, which should be used directly after instruction on how to write a thesis statement: 1. Students can watch my explanations as many times as they need to over the course of the year.
Step 2: Put students into small groups and give them 5 minutes to construct a solid thesis statement in response to the essay question. Finally, a winner is declared! Give the class an interesting reading or show a short video about a topic that is ripe for varied opinions.
I like to give out colorful Sharpie pens. Now ask all the students to stand up.
The conversations that take place are incredible! Tell them not to write their names on the paper.