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Scrambled Paragraph + Plus: Legend of Groundhog Day

Scrambled Paragraph + Plus:  Legend of Groundhog Day
Scrambled Paragraph + Plus:  Legend of Groundhog Day
Scrambled Paragraph + Plus:  Legend of Groundhog Day
Scrambled Paragraph + Plus:  Legend of Groundhog Day
Scrambled Paragraph + Plus:  Legend of Groundhog Day
Scrambled Paragraph + Plus:  Legend of Groundhog Day
Scrambled Paragraph + Plus:  Legend of Groundhog Day
Scrambled Paragraph + Plus:  Legend of Groundhog Day
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Ready-to-use printables! Just copy and go!

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 contains one additional sentence on the student's worksheet that does NOT belong in the paragraph.

This paragraph is challenging in other ways, too. The sequence clues rely on subject-specific vocabulary (EX: medieval, immigrants, settlers) and inferential time clues (EX: origins, descendants, 1700s.)

Students may at first be uncertain how to start the paragraph, However, once they create the three sentence pairs, the sequence and meaning of the entire paragraph will become clear. After eliminating the one off-topic sentence that doesn’t belong, students will easily be able to fit all the rest of the sentences into an organized, cohesive, and logical paragraph.

This packet also includes a coloring page for early finishers. The final “plus” is the informational content that ties in with nonfiction reading lessons, science, and Groundhog Day.

-> Please check out the preview to learn more about how well this product will meet your needs.

This download includes:
- guided lesson plan,
- introductory student handout,
- cut-and-paste scrambled paragraph,
- paragraph assembly worksheet; reusable template,
- model paragraph in published format, and
- full-page answer key.

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,
-- inference,
-- sequencing,
-- 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.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).

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!

You might also like these companion products:
Groundhog Reading Activity Packet
Scrambled Paragraph Writing Activities MINI UNIT: INTRODUCTION
MORE Scrambled Paragraph Writing Activities LEVEL: BASIC
EVEN MORE! Nuts and Bolts Scrambled Paragraphs LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

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Total Pages
7 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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