Then, we discussed timed essays, the next area of focus for us in writing. This is a skill students will need as they begin to take entrance exams for secondary schools and beyond. Being able to organize and communicate one's thoughts in a time-limited environment takes LOTS and LOTS of practice.
The part we focused on today was on writing clear, purposeful thesis statements. We explored a simple formula for this process: topic + claim + three supporting ideas
Tonight's homework was to look for those elements in some sample thesis statements (beware ... not ALL of them actually have all three parts and