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❝ My students struggled to understand what a paragraph was before we started using this resource. We now use this for our "Paragraph of the Week" and they love it! It's high structure and clear prompts, keep my students engaged and successful. Their paragraph writing is already growing by leaps and bounds! ❞ -Marissa D.
Paragraph writing just got easier! Whether you need print or digital, these ready-to-use pages (and slides) are an effective way to help your students learn how to write a paragraph.
☛ Note: This resource was updated 11-28-21. If you prefer the former version, you can still access it through the product download. The file is titled "Former Version."
You'll get everything you need for opinion, informative, and narrative writing.
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There are two design versions included: Dot Dudes and Icons.
- Choose the design that your students will love!
Here's What's Included:
- Print Versions and Digital Access
- 60 different writing prompts (20 opinion, 20 informative, & 20 narrative)
- Brainstorming Pages
- Organizing and Planning Pages
- First Draft Pages
- Revision & Editing Pages
- Final Draft Pages
- Publishing Pages
✔ ALL DESIGNED TO FIT PERFECTLY IN A BRAD FOLDER OR BINDER.
There are lots of EXTRAS too!
- Grading Rubrics
- Table of Contents and section cover sheets
- Linking Words & Phrases
- Pep Up Your Paragraphs
- Editing Help
- 150 Commonly Misspelled Words
- Paragraph Writing Glossary
- Revise Edit Checklists
- Writing Process Bookmarks
- Student Coloring Pages
- Classroom Writing Process Posters
✔ PERFECT FOR YOUR WRITER'S NOTEBOOK!
How are the two versions different?
- Both versions contain the exact same content.
- The Dot Dude version is great for elementary students!
- The Icons version is perfect for "big" kids!
Digital Versions: (Check out the preview to see more detail!)
- The first slide includes a deck of 20 prompts that the students can choose from.
- Alternatively, you can choose the prompt and delete the others before assigning the file.
- There are three versions included for both the icons and Dot Dudes versions: opinion paragraphs, informational paragraphs, and narrative paragraphs.
If you prefer TpT Easel, we have you covered.
- The generic paragraph writing version is included as an Easel Activity.
- The supporting pages are also included in the Easel Activity.
Suggestions for Use:
- Use the pages as part of your paragraph writing instruction.
- Model each step.
- Complete pages together as a class or in small groups before allowing your students to work independently.
- Primary students will most likely need adult help with the editing part of the process, even when working independently.
★ Use as Paragraph of the Week
- Use in class.
- Once students have had plenty of guided practice, use as homework.
There are more than enough prompts for the year, so you can pick the ones that work best for your students.
Suggested schedule for Paragraph of the Week:
- Monday: Prompt intro and brainstorming
- Tuesday: Complete organizing page
- Wednesday: Write first draft
- Thursday: Edit first draft
- Friday: Write Final draft
★ Writer's Notebook
When students are ready to work independently, 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.
✔ ALL DESIGNED TO FIT PERFECTLY IN A BRAD FOLDER OR BINDER.
★ 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.
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➊ Writing Prompts/Brainstorming
- Choose, Cut, & Paste Version
- Pre-Print and Go Version
There are 20 prompts for each of the paragraph types: 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.
Want to make your own prompts?
Use the blank version to create prompts for topics relevant to your class, such as field trips, social issues, school events etc.
➋ Organizing Pages
- There is one organizing (planning) 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 without a paragraph type label.
➌ First Draft
- There is one sheet for each of the three types of writing.
- There is also a generic paragraph writing version
- The writing lines are "handwriting" style
➍ Revising & Editing
- Each paragraph type includes an editing & revision checklist.
- The common editing marks are included as a reminder.
➎ Final Draft/Paragraph Checklist
- A final draft page is included.
- Publishing pages are also included if students would like to add a picture to their paragraph or if you would like to display the students' writing.
➏ Grading Rubrics
- 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.
- A more general rubric is also included.
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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