Crafting a Paragraph - Teaching Kids to Write Better Informative Paragraphs

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3rd, 4th, 5th
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Write an informative paragraph while creating a craft! Your students will love using this sandwich analogy to build a better paragraph. As they move through the writing process, kids write topic, detail, and concluding sentences on hamburger parts. They then create more parts for elaboration, word choice, and transitions. Expository writing has never been so much fun.

What’s Included:
Crafting a Paragraph Poster
Teacher Directions – written and pictorial, plus ideas for possible topics
Crafting a Paragraph Sheets
• Writing Detail Sentences – hamburger patties
• Writing Topic Sentences – top bun
• Writing Conclusions – bottom bun
• Elaborating – cheeseburger patties
• Improving Word Choice – ketchup and mustard
• Using Transitions – condiments (lettuce, tomato, and onion)
Support Pages
• What’s on the Menu – example and student sheet for choosing a topic with a strong central message
• Writing Complete Sentences – explanation and sentence checker
• Improving Word Choice – using specific words and replacing overused or passive words
• Adding Transitions – list of transitional terms
• Rough Draft Stationery
• Varying Sentences – five ways to vary sentences
Rubric
Modeling Sheets – nine pages that model processes for improving a paragraph

Steps for the Craft:
• Create a menu of ideas then choose the topic with the strongest central message.
• Write detail sentences on hamburger pieces.
• Write topic sentence on the top bun.
• Write conclusion on the bottom bun.
• Elaborate with details and/or examples; write on cheeseburger pieces.
• Improve word choice by using more specific terms, synonyms, and active verbs; write on ketchup and mustard pieces.
• Choose relevant transition terms; write on condiments.
• Color and cut all pieces.
• Arrange pieces on construction paper to build sandwich. Glue.

Steps for Writing the Paragraph:
• Use sandwich craft to write a rough draft.
• Combine similar sentences.
• Vary sentence beginnings.
• Write a final draft.

NEW: A video and poster set for modeling the process of building a paragraph is now available. In less than twelve minutes, your students will see how to craft a better paragraph.

Do your students need more practice with research and/or informative writing? Here are a few to get you started.
Building a Snowman - Students write explanatory paragraphs on how to build a snowman.
How to Carve a Pumpkin - Students explain how to carve a pumpkin.
Women in History - Each student or pair of students researches a famous woman.
Abolitionist Research - Each student or pair of students researches an abolitionist.

Are you looking for one-paragraph persuasive activities? Try these:
Snow Day - Convince the principal to give you a snow day.
Groundhog Day - Persuade the groundhog to see or not see his shadow.
Characters from Literature - Explain which character in literature is your favorite.
Characters from Greek Mythology - Give an opinion on which Greek god would be best to invite to dinner. Persuade your audience to vote for a specific Greek god for president.
Patriotic Songs - Tell which of three patriotic songs would make the best national anthem.

My blog, Enjoy Teaching, is full of ideas for third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade. Visit each week for activities, links, and freebies.

Enjoy!
Brenda Kovich

Sandwich clip art was created by Educlips; fonts by Kimberly Geswein.
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35
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
1 Week

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