This activity builds paragraph revision skills through practicing:
-Identifying introductory and concluding sentences
-Arranging sentences in a logical order
-Removing sentences that do not fit with the topic of the paragraph
-Adding detail sentences to a paragraph in the most logical place
There is very little prep involved with this activity. There are three original paragraphs to use, and each paragraph is separated into six sentence strips that must be printed and cut out.
Students will first work together to identify the introductory and concluding sentences, then arrange the details in a logical order to create a paragraph.
One of the sentences does not support the topic, so students will need to discuss which one should be removed from the paragraph.
After students have decided which sentence to remove, I give students the "bonus sentences" (printed on a different color) and they discuss where these details would best fit within the paragraph.
Students enjoyed being able to physically move the sentences in the paragraph around and seeing where the added details fit. It allowed for some great discussions about organizing details in our own writing as well as answering questions on revising and editing practices that focus on adding, removing, or moving sentences.
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