Paragraph Practice: Identifying Strong Topic Sentences

Paragraph Practice: Identifying Strong Topic Sentences
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Includes review of the Hamburger Paragraph Structure
Topic Sentence sorting activity (1 day lesson)
1 page of strong and poorly written topic sentences
Pictures to sort strong and weak sentences - post them on the board or on group tables

We use the Hamburger Model to teach paragraph structure. This visual really works for helping students remember each piece of a standard paragraph!

This practice activity will review the paragraph structure and engage in identifying strong and weak topic sentences, something my middle schoolers definitely struggle with.

The "sesame seeds" stand for the attention grabber or hook (students will sometimes argue that it should be a toothpick!)
The topic sentence is the top bun
Details are the tomato, lettuce, cheese, burger - the "good stuff" (Helpful because the amount of details can be changed depending on the assignment)
Conclusion sentence is the bottom bun

Transition words are the KETCHUP - they hold it all together.
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