I start my paragraph unit with lots of fun by teaching my students how to write great topic sentences and paragraphs. The first thing I need to teach them is the difference between GENERAL and SPECIFIC. To do this, we do all sorts of fun class and partner assignments which bring the kids into being great writers of topic sentences and paragraphs. In this packet there is a day by day plan for the CONCEPT to teach, a CLASS ACTIVITY and then a HOMEWORK assignment. Then there is a packet you can hand out to each student with the exercises to develop their writing skills in ways you never thought they could catch on to so quickly. After 37 years of teaching English to 4th-12th graders, I have found these methods TO WORK and to be MOTIVATING.