Ready-to-use printables! Just copy and go!
This download includes:
- suggestions for instruction,
- vocabulary handout,
- cut-and-paste scrambled paragraph,
- paragraph assembly worksheet,
- model paragraph in published format,
- coloring page for early finishers,
- full-page answer keys, and
- blank template for extension writing activities.
This NO PREP activity packet contains an 8-sentence scrambled paragraph that can be put together only one way. Students use transitions and inferential clues to assemble the sentences into an organized, logical paragraph.
The easy-to-use paragraph structure includes:
-- a title,
-- a topic sentence,
-- three details with support- six (6) sentences, and
-- a closing sentence or clincher.
This paragraph includes key vocabulary necessary for understanding the basic election process, such as: candidate, delegate, and Electoral College.
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I've taught writing for over two decades. Each year there are a few students who believe they can't write. Once they begin working with someone else's words they realize how easy it is to put together a logical and complete paragraph.
After a little practice with this bridging activity, students are ready to write their own paragraphs. Using personal knowledge and their new-found skills, even timid writers are able to compose an eight-sentence paragraph containing appropriate details.
As their confidence builds, students are able to transfer these new writing skills. Within a short time, even the most writing-adverse students are ready to compose extended, informative/explanatory responses to text. Finally, students learn how to apply these same skills to narrative and opinion (persuasive) writing.
Students who love writing will quickly grasp this structured process for creating a well-organized paragraph. Good writers can be challenged to respond to more difficult prompts. They can also be encouraged to include additional details and/or figurative language.
This product relates to the following CCSS standard(s). Please note that this list may represent only a partial list of all standards and/or strands that apply:
► CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.2 - 6.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
► CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2c Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases (e.g., another, for example, also, because).
► CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.1 - 6.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
► CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2 - 6.2 Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
► CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5 - 5.5 Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
► CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.8 Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
► CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.10 -6.10 By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4-6 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
It all starts with this cut-and-paste, hands-on activity. It's easy and fun. And, it really works. I hope you'll give it a try!
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