Paragraph Writing Unit: Inform/Explain Writing

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Paragraph Writing is one of the three main writing strands for 1st and 2nd graders. Our writers are expected to introduce a topic, give and explain a detail, and then, provide a sense of closure. Essentially , our students should be able to independently write a cohesive paragraph by the end of the year. So, the question is - how do we get our students there?

In this comprehensive resource, you have the resources, ideas, and materials to introduce, model, and practice paragraph writing with your students. You will find…

Teacher Resources

Paragraph Gestures Video

Mentor Text Suggestions

Highlighting Transitional Phrases & Student Journal Page

Typing Student Work

Paragraph Puzzles

Paragraph Puzzle Mat

6 Paragraph Puzzles

Color-Coding Our Thinking

Anchor Chart

Graphic Organizers

1.4 Paragraph – main idea, detail, example, wrap-up sentence

1.6 Paragraph – main idea, 2 details, 2 examples, wrap-up sentence

1.8 Paragraph - main idea, 3 details, 3 examples, wrap-up

Publishing Papers – primary and intermediate lines

QR Code Research Cards

12 science-related QR Code writing prompts

Assessment Resources

Teacher Rubric

Student Self-Assessment Rubric (1 detail/1 example)

Student Self-Assessment Rubric (2 details/2 examples)

Student Self-Assessment Rubric (3 details/3 examples)

10 Student Paragraph Samples

Happy Writing!


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Total Pages
46 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.


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