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This step-by-step writing program is engaging, effective, and easy to implement. In addition to the printable writing prompts, graphic organizers, and rubrics, you will also get access to digital, paperless Google Slides to use with Google Classroom and other digital platforms. Perfect for remote teaching and at-home learning while school is closed.
This packet will work well for at-home learning. You can send the print version home or use the google slides for those who have digital access.
Please download the FREE PREVIEW for a detailed look at both versions plus a link to 3 FREE Google Slide Writing Prompts so you can try before you buy.
This resource is organized into several sections (Google Slides feature the same content, but adapted for digital with text boxes, color, and digitally-themed clip art):
Writing Prompts/Brainstorming (63 pages)
There are 20 numbered prompts for each of the paragraph types (60 total): Opinion, Informative, and Narrative. In addition to the prompt, each sheet includes helpful information for writing that type of paragraph, room for brainstorming, and a checklist to track each step of the writing process. There is also a page for each of the 3 types of writing with empty prompt boxes so that you can make your own. This allows you to create prompts for topics relevant to your class, such as field trips, social issues, school events etc.
Organizing Pages (4 pages)
There is one organizing page for each of the three types of paragraphs. These sheets guide students through the process of taking the ideas from their brainstorming and organizing them into the elements they will need to write the paragraph. Each sheet features instructions unique to that particular type of paragraph. If you do not wish to use such specific terminology, there is also a more generic format with checkboxes for students to indicate the type of paragraph they are writing.
First Draft/Editing and Revising (4 pages)
Again, there is one sheet for each of the three types of writing, as well as a more general format. In addition to space for writing the paragraph, there is also an editing marks guide to use while editing and revising. In the digital version, the editing marks have been replaced with a list of revising and editing reminders.
Combined Organizing and First Draft/Editing (4 pages)
With the organization step and first draft on one sheet, this format will work well when your students are ready for less structure. Again, there is one page for each type of writing, as well as a more general format.
Final Draft/Paragraph Checklist (10 pages)
Several options are given for the final draft. There is one for each of the three types of writing that includes a “Did you…” checklist to help students stay on track. The checklists are also offered separately, printed three per page. There are also formats that can be used with any of the three paragraph types that allow for illustrations, whole-page and half-page layouts. Use the one that works best for your students. Students using the digital version can illustrate using paint programs, photos and gifs from the internet, downloaded photos, scanned drawings etc.
Grading Rubrics and Linking Words Poster (11 pages)
Two types of rubrics are offered for each of the three types of paragraphs. The first is a detailed, whole-page grid. The second is a less formal, half-page format that allows you to use whatever system works for you. Again, a more general rubric is also included. In addition, there is a poster listing several dozen linking/transition words and phrases for easy reference.
Suggestions for Use
-Use as for Paragraph of the Week – either in class or as homework. There are more than enough prompts for the year, so you can pick the ones that work best for your students.
-Give each student a Paragraph Writing folder or binder section. Allow students to select their own prompts and pace themselves, gathering materials as needed. Require a specific number of paragraphs be completed per month or quarter.
-Create a Paragraph Writing Center – Provide all the pages needed and swap out prompts each week. Students can use the center throughout the week as part of their literacy block.
-As students become more proficient at writing paragraphs, consider using notebook paper or computers for the steps that follow brainstorming. You might also skip the organizing step at this point and go directly from brainstorming to first draft.
-When your students are ready, consider expanding some of the prompts into 3-5 paragraph essays.
Need this product for younger students? Try I Heart Paragraph Writing Grades 1-2.
Need this product for older students? Try I Heart Paragraph Writing Grades 6-8.
What teachers have said about this resource:
♥ This has been a tremendous resource in my 4th grade classroom! In just a few weeks, I've seen the students' writing drastically improve, and it helps them with the writing process. The students are really excited to see what the new prompt will be each week. Plus, it gives me a opportunity to share their progress with parents, and it keeps the students accountable. Writing has been a challenge with every program I've used. This resource has supported my students more than anything I've tried yet. Thank you! -Michelle R.
♥ I started using this product a couple of weeks before the Distance Learning began. I loved how this product helps students break down their writing step by step and keep their writing organized. I just started re-introducing it into my Distance Learning and my students are happy to have some normalcy back in their lives. Thank you for a great product! - Kaytlin S.
♥ This is an amazing resource! I love it because it teaches and reinforces the writing process and scaffolds automatically. My students love the high-interest prompts and that they feel successful as they write. Thank you! - Martha J.
♥ This has great prompts, and I love that I can create my own when needed. I can teach the writing process and make sure they use the vocabulary daily. It's so easy to use. My kids are no longer intimidated by writing. In fact, they love it. With the organization page they can stay on topic and transfer to a paragraph painlessly. One of the best products that I have ever purchased. -Lorinda W.
♥ Love that this is in both print and digital form. I was able to use it the very next day with my students (even without Google Classroom experience). -Shavon Y.
The student guides (instructions on organization sheet, Did You checklist etc.) and grading rubrics were designed to align with the English Language Arts Writing Common Core Standards for grades 3-5. All of the writing standards relevant to paragraph writing are addressed in this resource. In some cases students must write pieces longer than a paragraph to fully meet the standard. Even in these cases, this resource will help to build a solid foundation for more advanced skills.
This resource will also work well for teachers who are not using the Common Core Standards.
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