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.
As a teacher, I can't tell you how many times my students have had difficulties with starting and finishing their papers. I addressed this issue with my younger students with the following:
Link-How to Write an Awesome Topic Sentence!
Link-How to Write a Closing Sentence
Then, it was time to address this issue with my older writers. I've already taken care of the closing paragraph with the following:
Link-How to Write an Awesome Closing Paragraph
Now, it was time to finish the process and help my students with crafting the opening paragraph. This easy to use and affordable guide is sure to improve a student's ability to construct a simple and functional opening paragraph, complete with a thesis statement! Yes, the "dreaded" thesis statement is addressed in this guide, as well.
Overall, the guide promotes creating a sandwich of sorts (as shown in the guide), focusing on three elements:
a. topic sentence
b. 2 - 4 supporting sentences
c. thesis statement
Compress these together and you have an introductory paragraph!
← Included in the guide
4 Core Standards Met
5 What is an Introductory Paragraph?
6 Review of the Topic Sentence
7 Use Quotations of an Expert Poster
8 Why - What Words Poster
9 Make a List Poster
10 Use Numbers Poster
11 Use an Infinitive Poster
12 Word Pairs Poster
13 Combine Two Ideas Poster
14 Yes, But Words Poster
15 The Thesis Statement
16 - 28 Thesis Statement Practice
29 - 32 Thesis Statement: Broad, Narrow, or Just Right
33 Supporting Sentences
34 - 46 Putting It All Together
So, give your aspiring writers a head start, by teaching them a simple and constructive way to create an introductory paragraph, proudly brought to you from Wake Up Sunshine.
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