Paragraph writing is an essential skill for students of all ages. Although I don't believe in a restricting writers to a certain format, these tools are a great place to start and helpful for reluctant writers. The planning page can be used to organize thoughts. Then, students can turn those thoughts into sentences. A final draft can be constructed if desired. The rubric is aligned to grade ¾ Common Core Writing Standards.
Lastly, with all of the constructed response questions on standardized tests, it is important to make sure students know how to write a thoughtful paragraph.