These ready-to-use pages are an effective way to provide your students with regular paragraph writing practice. They can be used with teacher support while your students are learning how to write paragraphs and independently once they have mastered the basic. Here is what's included:
Writing Prompts/Brainstorming (60 pages)
There are 20 numbered prompts for each of the paragraph types: Opinion (O), Informative (I), and Narrative (N). 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 are also pages 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 fieldtrips, 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 without a paragraph type label.
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.
Final Draft/Paragraph Checklist (6 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.
All pages with student write-on lines (organizing, first draft, and final draft) are provided in two versions for first and second grades. First grade lines are bigger and second grade versions allow for longer paragraphs. In some cases the accompanying guidelines are also differentiated
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 for Paragraph of the Week – either in class or once students have had plenty of guided practice, 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:
Monday: Prompt intro and brainstorming
Tuesday: Complete organizing page
Wednesday: Write rough draft
Thursday: Edit rough draft, write final draft.
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.
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.
Need this product for older students? Try I Heart Paragraph Writing Grades 3-6.
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 1-2. All of the writing standards relevant to paragraph writing are addressed in this resource.
This resource will also work well for teachers who are not using the Common Core Standards.
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