Note: Some of my products have some “out there” ideas. Make sure to look at the preview before purchasing. Everyone's classroom is unique and while these lessons work within my classroom, that may not be the case in another’s room.
"See a need, fill a need".
This quote from the movie Robots
is what has inspired me to create this quick and simple writing guide for my students. Just as the topic and closing sentences cause the most problems for young writers as I addressed with the guides below:
Link-How to Write an Awesome Topic Sentence!
Link-How to Write a Closing Sentence
Link-Writing Awesome Opening and Closing Sentences Bundle Pack
In regards to essays, the opening and closing paragraphs seem to cause the most strife with my adolescent writers. Based on my observations, I’ve started with the closing paragraph, since it seems to cause more issues than the opening. The process I follow with may own classes is as follows (and is included in guide):
My suggestions for using this guide are as follows:
1. Drive home the three key elements of a closing paragraph. There are a few more
elements, but I’ve chosen to focus on the three, which can make the greatest and quickest
difference, in my opinion.
2. Complete the Template Activity (notice the color-coding to help your students focus on the
key element components.
I’ve included a few templates from my Closing Sentences Unit Guide for you to use
when completing the closing sentence form I’ve recommended.
3. Complete the Interactive Activity
4. Write out the completed closing paragraph on the writing template.
→ Included in the Guide
4 Core Standards
6 Suggested Set Up
7 Closing Transitional Words/Phrases Poster
8 The Closing Paragraph Quick Guide
9 - 14 Practice 1 - Template 1 - Flag of Freedom
15 - 19 Practice 2 - Template 2 - Never an Absolution
20 - 24 Practice 3 - Template 3 - The Voice Inside
25 - 29 Practice 4 - Template 4 - Voiceless Victims
30 - 34 Practice 5 - Template 5 - Tree of Life
35 - 39 Practice 6 - Template 6 - Breath of Revenge
40 - 44 Practice 7 - Template 7 - Seeds of Love
45 Your Turn Directions
46 - 47 Diagnosis 1 - Island of Sorrow
48 - 49 Diagnosis 2 - Get Off My Cloud
50 -51 Diagnosis 3 - Sweet Sensation
52 - 53 Diagnosis 4 - Lonely Road
54 - 55 Diagnosis 5 - The Remedy
Mark my words, just as my topic sentence and closing sentence guides helped my students . . . this newest guide will be no different. There's no doubt it will improve a student's understanding and ability to construct a closing paragraph.
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