Middle school students often need explicit instructions on how to complete seemingly simple tasks--like writing paragraphs! Teachers often assume students can successfully compose a well-written paragraph, when in fact many of them struggle and need extra support. This writing paragraphs mini unit breaks down the process of writing a paragraph (with a topic sentence, supporting detail sentences and concluding sentences) into simple, understandable terms to which students can relate. Ample examples are provided clearly showing students what is expected when a teacher asks them to write a paragraph on any given subject.
This unit is "no-prep" and "ready to teach." Simply download and make a few copies!
Alternatively, this unit can be used digitally with Distance Learning!
The materials included typically take an average middle school class two 50-minute periods to complete. There are two Slides presentations. The first introduces the basic parts of a paragraph. A student handout goes along with this presentation on which students are able to take notes and practice what they are learning throughout the lesson. The second presentation serves as a follow up/review of the previous and provides students with an opportunity to hone their emerging paragraph writing skills a little more. There is also a handout that goes along with this presentation allowing students to practice as they continue to learn about paragraph writing.
This unit serves as a great introduction or a refresher course for students struggling to write well-written paragraphs! This unit is also extremely helpful for our ESL / ELL students working hard to develop their writing skills.
Grading Rubric is Included!!
- General Teacher Guidelines and Instructions
- Two Individual Lesson Outlines with step-by-step teacher instructions.
- Two Instructional Slides Presentations
- Two Student Assignments
- Well-Written Paragraph Grading Rubric
- Ample Examples of Well-written Paragraphs
- Instructions for Accessing Presentation
- Instructions for Saving Slides Presentation as PowerPoint Presentation
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