This paragraph guide assists students in writing a paragraph about an author's perspective about a topic or issue from an expository text. This form guides students in transferring the textual evidence they recorded and the explanations they developed from a "Say, Mean, Matter" graphic organizer into a paragraph format. This form is heavily scaffolded for the struggling writer and includes sentence starters, footnotes to incorporate appropriate transitions, as well as guiding questions in the margins to develop their sentences.
Depending on the needs and writing level(s) of your students, you can use one side of the document, which incorporates two supporting textual examples, or the other side of the document, which uses one textual example.
To modify the form as students progress, simply omit one of the scaffolds gradually (e.g., sentence starters, footnotes to incorporate appropriate transitions, etc.), until students have internalized an effective paragraph format.
Students are also encouraged to cross out sentence starters and write sentences independently, if they so choose. As titled, this paragraph serves only as a guide and not as a rigid structure.