To solve this problem I created this presentation to teach my students about the types of thesis statements that can be used for different types of writing.
I also recently found the idea of a "Thesis StatementThrowdown" which I'd like to try in the future. Check out Caitlyn Tucker's blog post about it here!
Another interesting site that I came across but have not gotten to experiment with too much yet is this Thesis Generator. I think I'll have my summer class play with it to see if it helps!
Lastly, for a cross-curricular approach this three part lesson from Teaching History helps students learn to write thesis statements in response to DBQs (Document Based Questions).
How do you teach your students about thesis statements?
Thanks for reading!