This NO PREP activity packet contains eighteen (18) ready-to-use printables. Just copy and go!
The scrambled paragraphs in this unit are modified from those in Scrambled Paragraph Writing Activities MINI UNIT: INTRODUCTION to better meet the needs of second and third grade students. Each scrambled paragraph contains five (5) sentences that can be put together only one way. Students practice using transitions and inferential clues to assemble these organized, logical paragraphs.
The easy-to-use paragraph structure includes:
-- a title,
-- a topic sentence,
-- three details sentences, and
-- a closing sentence, or clincher.
Students cut out the six parts of the paragraph and then correctly reassemble the scrambled paragraph on an answer sheet template.
Like training wheels on a bicycle, working with scrambled paragraphs helps students understand how to write their own ideas in a clear, organized manner. Students quickly learn it's much easier to "build" an organized paragraph than it is to revise a disorganized paragraph.
This 27-page mini unit includes:
- seven (7) lessons; introductory, practice, and application,
- suggestions for instruction,
- scripted introductory lesson,
- three (3) multiple-choice worksheets,
- three (3) cut-and-paste scrambled paragraphs,
- three (3) model paragraphs in published format,
- paragraph assembly worksheet; reusable template,
- coloring page for extension activities,
- two (2) writing prompts with prewriting worksheets,
- prewriting graphic organizer; reusable template, and
- full-page answer keys for all activities.
Even reluctant writers will experience success and gain confidence with these activities. These kid-friendly lessons also help 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 a five-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.
It all starts with these paper-and-pencil lessons and hands-on activities. It's easy and fun. And, it really works. I hope you'll give it a try!
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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.2.2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.3 Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.6 Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.8 Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).
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