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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?
Scrambled Paragraphs + Plus contain one additional sentence on the students' worksheet. Eight (8) of the sentences respond to the prompt, but one (1) does NOT belong in the paragraph.
This paragraph is challenging in other ways, too. The sequence clues include dates and time order words (EX: fall, long before, 200 years later), antecedents (EX: Puritans = settlers = they), and more challenging vocabulary (EX: intentions, shellfish, encountered.) Please check out the preview to make sure it fits your students' ability level.
Students may start off thinking there are four possible ways to begin this paragraph. Once they identify all the clues and create sentence pairs, 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 Thanksgiving holiday.
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,
-- 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.
Common Core State Standards this lesson supports:
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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