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Ozline: Thesis Builder

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website: http://www.ozline.com/electraguide/

Website Example: http://www.ozline.com/electraguide/thesis.php

Tech Product Equipment

Computer(s), Internet access, projector

Activity Description

This activity will help high school level students: find a topic, create a thesis, and generate an outline. They will use an online thesis builder tool to accomplish this task.

Preparation

  1. Make sure that the site is not blocked at your school.
  2. Play with the input boxes in order to learn how your words will form the thesis.
  3. Learn the rules about not adding a period at the end of the sentence or using capital letters in the beginning.

How-To

The steps may be adapted for a computer lab or a one computer/projector classroom.

  1. Demonstrate how to build a thesis by showing the question boxes to students.
  2. Let the students help you fill up the answers by asking them what to write.
  3. Explain that they should not put a period at the end of the answer or a capital letter in the beginning.
  4. Select Build a Thesis to see the first paragraph completed.
  5. Make changes if necessary.
  6. Select Make an Online Outline to start the second and third paragraph.
  7. After completing one set of steps with the students, let them create their own thesis and outline (if you have a computer lab).

Teacher Tips

  • If you teach in a computer/projector classroom, print the box questions (select Print Screen in order to print your screen) and let the students write their answers. Then choose a few students to input their answers in your computer.
  • Project the result to students.

More Ways

  • Check Topic-O-Rama for different topics or to create your own idea.
  • Check Causinator for Cause & Effect and Predictive

Select subjects and subcategories

English Language Arts

  • English 1-4
  • Journalism
  • Speech
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.