Paragraph Writing Lesson and Activities with Paragraph Graphic Organizers

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4th, 5th, 6th
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This paragraph writing resource, lesson and activities, was created to help teach students how to write a well organized paragraph in any type of expository (non-fiction) writing.

UPDATED 2/20 - I added lots of extra activities for practice. Download the file again to get updates if you already purchased.


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This product includes:
✔ 1 PowerPoint Lesson Presentation (27 slides, includes practice opportunities)
✔ 1 Student Notes Page
✔ 2 Paragraph "Cut-out" activities
✔ 3 Paragraph Writing Practice Sheets (2 versions each)
✔ 3 Writing Details Practice Sheets
✔ 3 EDITABLE Templates so you can add your own topics/prompts to each type of activity included.

About This Resource
This highly animated PowerPoint lesson explains the necessary parts of a paragraph (topic sentence, details, conclusion sentence) and their function by comparing a paragraph to a burger. The topic and conclusion sentence hold everything together the same way a bun holds a burger together. The details are the meat. Without these three components, you don't have a burger (or a paragraph).

The presentation also shows students how to improve their burger (paragraph) by adding "toppings". These "toppings" include adding questions, statistics, analogies, dialogue, and personal examples.

Also included is a student notes page. This page is perfect to place in their writer's notebook, and summarizes the key points in the presentation. There are parts for students to fill in during the presentation.

Student Activities Included:

Two different activity sheets, "Build a Paragraph", asks students to cut out and glue sentences in their correct order. One of these activities is in the presentation and meant to be done as a class. The second can be done independently.

3 Burger Organizers are included with different writing prompts. On one version of this activity, students are asked to use the organizer to write a paragraph about the topic. The second version (optional) asks students to also include specific types of details that were taught in the presentation. Great for differentiation.

3 activity sheets for students to practice writing specific types of details, or "toppings". (statistic, personal example, dialogue, analogy, and question).

Why Use a "BURGER" to Teach Writing?
This analogy, or way of explaining paragraph structure, makes this concept easier for students to understand as it makes an abstract concept more concrete. I have had great success with this in my classroom. The burger analogy gives me something to reference all year during writing. When I say, "Where's your bun?" or "Don't forget your toppings!", my students know exactly what to do!

This resource was created to go with my other writing resource! Paragraph of the Week! {CLICK HERE}



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