Writing is how one presents oneself to the world. One’s writing can make one look powerful and professional or foolish and incompetent. It can sell ideas, open doors and present oneself as an influential person.
Unfortunately, many students have not learned good writing skills. In my own teaching, I have had papers turned in as a solid block of text with no paragraphs, demonstrating poor sentence structure, and using limited and inaccurate vocabulary.
For several reasons, I have chosen to focus this lesson plan on paragraph development. The paragraph is basic to all good writing.
A coherent paragraph will include topic sentences, supporting sentences and often concluding sentences. If one can write a good paragraph, one cannot help but write good sentences.
Here I have also chosen a different approach to teaching paragraph development. I have used as a metaphor the use of inductive and deductive techniques to help the student develop and structure a good paragraph.
I believe that once students understand the deductive and inductive models they will find it easier to structure and develop their paragraphs and link paragraphs together to write a coherent paper.
This lesson plan demonstrates the use of both techniques and uses a peer review model to give feedback on various paragraphs. There are several small group activities as well. Using inductive and deductive reasoning models is an easy way that students can structure and develop written paragraphs.
It might even be fun!