Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thesis Statements made easy, Day #6--Top 10 Writing Apps

Every year, thesis statements were a battle in my classroom. It seemed that students learned a new type of thesis statement each year. Some teachers were strict about its placement while others weren't. How you want to critique thesis statements is up to your school district, but every student should understand and practice what is behind a thesis statement--narrowing down a topic and delivering a road map for readers. Not only does this help navigate readers, it helps the writer stay on task as they can return to the thesis statement at any point. The apps featured today are not specific to any one way of teaching thesis statements. However, they all aim to help students create a writing road map.

A great starting point is to review the 6 traits of writing for elementary students at Edina Public Schools.

  • The Magic Tree House: helps improve student writing by narrowing in on ideas (prelim to thesis statements)
  • Funbrain: a site full of writing games to introduce important idea concepts to children
  • I Know That!: has countless writing activities for elementary students
  • BrainPop Jr.: their writing section is one of the bests for elementary students and topic/thesis statements. Unfortunately, there is a subscription price. 

All of the content in these sites can be adapted to fit younger audiences as well.

Stay tuned for helpful citation sites, tools and apps! 


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