Presidents' Day Scrambled Paragraph + Plus!
Just copy and go!
Includes two (2) BONUS activities-- apostrophe practice worksheet and coloring page!
This NO PREP activity packet contains an 8-sentence scrambled paragraph that can be put together only one way. Students use transitions and inferential clues to assemble this organized, logical paragraph.
The easy-to-use paragraph structure includes:
-- a title,
-- a topic sentence,
-- three details with support- six (6) sentences, and
-- a closing sentence or clincher.
What is a Scrambled Paragraph + Plus?
A Scrambled Paragraph + Plus includes one additional sentence that does not belong in the paragraph.
This type of paragraph is challenging in other ways, too. The sequence clues include dates and time order words (EX: history, back in, fifties, early), possessives (EX: Washington’s, holiday’s, Presidents’), and more challenging vocabulary (EX: demonstrated, proposal, calculated.)
Students may start off thinking there are many possible ways to begin this paragraph. Once they identify transitions and sequence the time order clues, they’ll realize one sentence doesn’t belong, at all. After eliminating that sentence they’ll be able to fit all the rest of the sentences into an organized, cohesive, and logical paragraph.
Another “plus” is the informational content that ties in with Nonfiction reading lessons, American History, and the celebration of the Presidents’ Day.
Finally, there are two additional activities in this particular packet: an apostrophe practice worksheet and a coloring page for early finishers.
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This download includes:
- guided lesson plan,
- introductory student handout,
- cut-and-paste scrambled paragraph,
- paragraph assembly worksheet; reusable template,
- model paragraph in published format,
- practice with apostrophes activity page,
- coloring page for early finishers, and
- full-page answer keys.
Even reluctant writers will experience success and gain confidence working with scrambled paragraphs. This kid-friendly lesson also helps students build skills in the following areas:
-- constructing extended essay responses,
-- main idea,
-- context clues,
-- identifying general/supporting details, and
-- staying on prompt.
I've taught writing for over two decades. Each year there are a few students who believe they can't write. Once they begin working with someone else's words they realize how easy it is to put together a logical and complete paragraph.
After a little practice with this bridging activity, students are ready to write their own paragraphs. Using personal knowledge and their new-found skills, even timid writers are able to compose an eight-sentence paragraph containing appropriate details.
As their confidence builds, students are able to transfer these new writing skills. Within a short time, even the most writing-adverse students are ready to compose extended, informative/explanatory responses to text. Finally, students learn how to apply these same skills to narrative and opinion (persuasive) writing.
Students who love writing will quickly grasp this structured process for creating a well-organized paragraph. Good writers can be challenged to respond to more difficult prompts. They can also be encouraged to include additional details and/or figurative language.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This resource has been saved in a format that allows for printing in high resolution. However, file contents may NOT be changed, copied, or extracted. This file is NOT editable.
This product relates to the following CCSS standard(s). Please note that this list may represent only a partial list of all standards and/or strands that apply:
► CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.2 - 5.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
► CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2c Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases (e.g., another, for example, also, because).
► CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.3 - 5.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
► CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.1 - 5.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
► CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2 - 5.2 Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
► CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5-5.5 Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
► CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.8 Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
► CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.10-6.10 By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4-6 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
► CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2-6.2 Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
►CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. (NOTE: This lesson provides practice with possessives and correct placement of apostrophes.)
It all starts with this cut-and-paste, hands-on activity. It's easy and fun. And, it really works. I hope you'll give it a try!
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