Basic Paragraph Training and Test for Middle Schoolers

Basic Paragraph Training and Test for Middle Schoolers
Basic Paragraph Training and Test for Middle Schoolers
Basic Paragraph Training and Test for Middle Schoolers
Basic Paragraph Training and Test for Middle Schoolers
Basic Paragraph Training and Test for Middle Schoolers
Basic Paragraph Training and Test for Middle Schoolers
Basic Paragraph Training and Test for Middle Schoolers
Basic Paragraph Training and Test for Middle Schoolers
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I use this powerpoint when teaching "Basic Paragraph Training Boot Camp" at the beginning of the school year with my 6th and 7th graders. I've discovered over the years that some of them are more adept at nailing paragraph structure and formal writing conventions (and general neatness expectations, like turning one's paper the right way), and we needed to practice those expectations together and be tested on them. At the end of this brief unit, I give all my students a "Basic Paragraph Test", which they must pass to ensure they know how to write a proper paragraph.

The test is simple: the students are given a piece of notebook paper and the "Basic Paragraph Training Checklist" (link to pdf below, if you're interested), and are given a topic/prompt or question to answer. This Powerpoint file includes some of the test questions I have given students over the years. I have students use the checklist as they work, and then staple it to their paragraph, so that I use the same checklist to grade the tests.

After the first few weeks, once everyone has practiced writing paragraphs with the checklist, and then taken and passed the test, my students know my expectations for their writing (and for their writing in their other classes as well).

This .ppt Powerpoint File is "Boot Camp"/Army themed, and may be used by itself, or in conjunction with the "Basic Paragraph Test" .pdf which can be purchased from my TPT store at: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Basic-Paragraph-Training-Paragraph-Checklist-Test-for-Middle-Schoolers-3390190

When teaching my Paragraph Training unit, I also give my students a "cheat sheet" of transitions, and ways to organize their examples/details in the body of their paragraph. That "cheat sheet" is also available from my TPT store at: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Expository-Transitions-Ordering-Examples-Printable-Paragraph-Writing-3390205
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9 pages
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Does not apply
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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