Paragraph Writing How to Write a Paragraph of the Week 2nd 3rd 4th Grade Prompts

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    Paragraph writing w/ PARAGRAPH OF THE WEEK is better than a hamburger paragraph template at teaching 2nd, 3rd & 4th graders how to write a paragraph using templates writing rubrics, graphic organizers and a step-by-step system that scaffolds the writing process in a way students understand in grade 2, grade 3 and grade 4 can internalize.

    76 PARAGRAPH WRITING PROMPTS and ACTIVITIES (informative, narrative & persuasive / opinion) FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR with a DIGITAL VERSION INCLUDED for FREE!

    Paragraph of the Week is a proven, step-by-step, scaffolded system. It makes teaching kids how to improve sentence structure and write a paragraph easy by guiding them through the writing process from the brainstorm page to the final copy.

    The revising checklist / rubric will help them to improve their first draft by including descriptive details, improving word choice and writing a topic sentence that sets the stage for detailed paragraphs.

    From the brainstorming section to the last sentence (and all the body sentences in between), the entire thing takes only a few minutes a day.

    This single paragraph writing program has proven to be an effective technique because it provides practice opportunities using a consistent routine.

    Teachers find it to be very easy to implement, manage, and maintain. Parents love the consistency and clear expectations when it is used as homework.

    Unlike most writing programs, your 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, or 5th grade students will focus on single weekly paragraphs to practice specific skills. This supports the needs of your students much better than an overwhelming writing assignment (such as a multi-paragraph essay) because it is so much more manageable.

    You will be amazed at how using these Paragraph of the Week resources makes it easy to teach new skills and focus on improving upon previously introduced writing topics in very little time.

    Best of all, the Paragraph of the Week program makes it easy to transition to higher-level tasks such as writing multi-paragraph essays, narrative text, a personal essay, imagined experiences and more because they will understand the writing process, have strengthened their skills and know how to put their thoughts into words using clear event sequences.

    This bundle is the best value available on Teachers Pay Teachers because:

    • It includes a total of 76 Paragraph of the Week Prompts for kids (36 each for narrative, opinion and informative writing) as well as a graphic organizer, optional drafting pages, paragraph writing rubrics and final copy paper for each of them.
    • I've added a digital version for FREE that can be used as a paper-saving option or for remote teaching in a virtual or hybrid classroom. The digital resource was made for Google Classroom, but works with other platforms as well.
    • It includes completed Paragraph of the Week examples that can be projected and shared with students as models.

    This teacher-created, student-tested, step-by-step process is something I used with great success for over a decade in my own third grade classroom and they've been used (with amazing feedback and stories of impressive results) by thousands of second grade, third grade, fourth grade and fifth grade teachers who've purchased it in my TpT Store since

    Each weekly prompt breaks the writing process down into manageable pieces that prevent students from feeling overwhelmed or reluctant to write. The format also allows for your advanced writers to focus on improving their craft.

    The 76 writing prompts, graphic organizers, writing paper, rubrics and more make it so easy for teachers! Everything you need for a full year of writing is ready to print and go (or use digitally now too!)

    Use these writing activities for:

    ◼️ whole group lessons

    ◼️ small group lessons

    ◼️ writer's workshop

    ◼️ writing centers

    ◼️ sub plans

    ◼️ remote learning tasks

    ◼️ morning work

    ◼️ homework


    ✓ 76 weekly print and go packets (36 informative, 20 opinion and 20 narrative) that will cover you for the full school year

    ✓ printables for all parts of the writing process (brainstorm, draft paper, and final draft paper) so you don’t need to supplement with additional resources

    ✓ digital versions of all the writing prompts so students can access them digitally at home or in school

    ✓ multiple formats of the writing prompts (full page, half page and prompt slips) to help you save ink and paper and give you the flexibility to choose what works best for you and your students

    ✓ student checklists to help support students through the writing process

    ✓ full-page and half-page rubrics that help make expectations clear to students and make grading quick and easy for you

    ✓ a recommended pacing guide to support you with lesson planning


    ► This resource includes engaging high-interest writing prompts that motivate and inspire reluctant writers.

    ► It includes clear instructions, expectations, and rubric guidelines for students, so it makes it easy for students to understand the criteria for quality writing.

    ► It documents student progress over time, which makes it great for sharing with families during parent-teacher conferences.

    ► The writing activities clearly show where students need additional support and instruction, so it makes it easy for you to identify students who may need a one-on-one or small group re-teaching lesson.

    ► It comes in digital and printable formats so students can access them in class and at home.

    If this will be your first time using these great resources, I encourage you to check out my blog post, How to Use Paragraph of the Week to Quickly Improve Student Writing. You can even grab a free sample unit while you are there.


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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
    Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.
    Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
    With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting.
    With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.


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