Many students struggle with the idea of writing a topic sentence. They don't understand how important the topic sentence is to give the reader context. This PowerPoint presentation uses the metaphor of a box to teach students that your topic sentence is like a "box" (main idea) and the details are like the contents. The slides follow the "gradual release of responsibility" model, starting with guided practice. Then each slide features a "turn and talk" with directions for both partners. Finally, the last slide gives them a prompt to write a paragraph.
not much else out there like this - thanks for your effort!
May 21, 2013
Not as good as I thought it would be.
May 19, 2013
Very creative. Thank you.
April 5, 2013
Good introduction to the concept of topic sentences.
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March 3, 2013
So creative! I loved the metaphor with the box and the details.....trying it out today in 3rd grade, it fits really well with the core objectives of "introducing the topic", and" developing the topic and details". (I am a literacy coach and present lesson samples in grades k-6.)
February 13, 2013
Love this concrete example! Would have liked to have a little more introduction to teh concept of the box. But once we got it, the kids were on a roll with it. We even extended this in class! Thanks!
January 17, 2013
My students loved this activity!
January 9, 2013
Thank you, thank you! A great resource for my class.
December 6, 2012
Nice Ideas... this is useful after the concept of main idea is taught... to reinforce students understanding and extend their thinking... thanks
November 14, 2012
Neat way to teach the concept - Can't wait to use - Thanks!