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 this 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.
What is a Scrambled Paragraph + Plus?
Scrambled Paragraphs + Plus contain one additional sentence on the student's worksheet. Eight (8) of the sentences respond to the prompt, but one (1) does NOT belong in the paragraph.
This paragraph is challenging in other ways, too. The sequence clues rely on subject specific vocabulary (EX: evaporates, liquid, gas) and inferential time clues (EX: starts, continues, sometimes.)
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Students may start off thinking there several possible ways to begin this paragraph. Once they identify all the clues and create sentence pairs, they’ll realize one sentence doesn’t belong, at all. After eliminating that sentence they’ll be able to fit all the rest of the sentences into an organized, cohesive, and logical paragraph.
This packet also includes a coloring page for early finishers. The final “plus” is the informational content that ties in with nonfiction reading lessons, science, and the winter celebrations.
This download includes:
- guided lesson plan,
- introductory student handout,
- cut-and-paste scrambled paragraph,
- paragraph assembly worksheet; reusable template,
- model paragraph in published format,
- coloring page, and
- full-page answer key.
Even reluctant writers will experience success and gain confidence working with scrambled paragraphs. This kid-friendly lesson also helps students build skills in the following areas:
-- constructing extended essay responses,
-- main idea,
-- context clues,
-- identifying general/supporting details, and
-- staying on prompt.
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.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This resource has been saved in a format that allows for printing in high resolution. However, file contents may NOT be changed, copied, or extracted. This file is NOT editable.
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 - 5.2 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.W.3.3 - 5.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
► CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.1 - 5.1 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 - 5.2 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.
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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