This is a lesson that I used with my AIS and Special Education students to break down the process of writing a paragraph. This is a supplemental lesson to assist students with the writing required in Module 1 Unit 2 of the Engage NY curriculum.
It specifically uses the language that Engage NY uses in the 4th grade Common Core modules to describe what needs to be included in a paragraph. Because this is a supplement, it could be used in 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, or even 5th or 6th grade for struggling students.
You can use this to differentiate instruction by pre-teaching and re-teaching the method to write a quality paragraph, but broken down into simpler terms. Show your administration that you can provide scaffolding within the Common Core modules. With this lesson, you are providing struggling students with the option of a completed graphic organizer, a partially completed graphic organizer or a blank graphic organizer, depending on their level.
Students practice taking the information from the graphic organizer and turning it into sentences for a paragraph. This gives students more structured practice using the 4 qualities of writing a good paragraph: indent, topic sentence, supporting details, and concluding sentence.
This goes along wonderfully with my other Writing Quality Paragraphs lesson I have listed in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!