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- If you have struggling sixth graders or advanced fifth-graders (or a split grade class), you may benefit from owning both the 3-5 and the 6-8 versions of I Heart Paragraph Writing. The prompts are mostly the same, but the 5-8 set has instructions aligned to the 3-5 Common Core as well as larger writ$12.96$24.96Save $12.00
Whether you need print or digital, this step-by-step paragraph writing program is engaging, effective, and easy to implement with your middle school students. With 60 different prompts, (20 persuasive/argumentative, 20 expository/informative, & 20 narrative) this resource will last all year. Google Slides are included for all writing prompts, graphic organizers, and rubrics. This Paragraph of the Week program is perfect for teaching at school or remotely!
- Do you have struggling writers?
- Do your students need more practice writing paragraphs?
- Would a systemized approach to writing help your students become more confident writers?
- Do you need a program that is comprehensive and easy to use?
Then I HEART PARAGRAPH WRITING is perfect for you!
NOTE: Because some teachers are using Common Core and some are not, there are two similar products included. One uses Common Core terms (argumentative, informative, narrative), while the other uses more traditional terms (persuasive, expository, narrative). The prompts and graphic organizers are the same.
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With this paragraph writing resource, you can choose to assign a Google Slides file that walks the students through the entire paragraph writing process, starting with brainstorming and ending with the final draft. 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 five versions included: persuasive paragraphs, argumentative paragraphs, expository paragraphs, informational paragraphs, and narrative paragraphs.
If you prefer TpT Easel, you can use that too. Answer boxes are provided and students can use the pen tool to check the task boxes. There are a few options for some pages. You can find out more information about each option by downloading the teacher instructions or reading the information below. You can learn how to assign specific pages by clicking here.
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Writing Prompts/Brainstorming (63 pages)
There are 20 numbered prompts for each of the paragraph types (60 total): Argumentative Informative, and Narrative for the CC version and Persuasive, Expository, and Narrative for the traditional version. 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 check boxes 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.
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.
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 the 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 3-5.
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