There is no slideshow for today. Instead, we simply continued to talk about thesis statements. In groups, students wrote thesis statements about movies, and then shared them with the class. We talked about how to improve each one.
I did encourage students to write the following list of words on a reference sheet for writing thesis statements: Theme, Symbolism, Dialogue, Plot Structure, Setting, Characterization, Figurative Language, Descriptive Language.
These are all words in the writer's craft toolbox that help the writer create a story. All of them are excellent choices when writing a thesis statement.
I also encouraged students to think about what it is they want to say in a paper. To consider what they know A LOT about, and then choose THAT to answer a prompt. Once they've figured out what they know about, and are able to write on, go to the list, pick the best topic for their discussion, and begin drafting a thesis statement.
There is no homework today.