Topic? Main Idea? Write On

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The objective of this packet is to train students to create good paragraphs without pointless rambling. It also defines main idea and topic sentence and illustrates them with sample paragraphs.
While the entire packet could be completed in three days, group work and peer editing could extend the time frame.

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TOPIC/MAIN IDEA ? - HANDOUT & WORKSHEET
The objective of this packet is to train students to create good paragraphs without pointless rambling. It also defines main idea and topic sentence and illustrates them with sample paragraphs.
While the entire packet could be completed in three days, group work and peer editing could extend the time frame.

The first handout in this unit explains and illustrates the difference between a generic topic or subject and a main idea which ultimately leads to a topic sentence. Distribute the handout to all students and read and discuss in class. It is followed by a worksheet which provides a list of topics and main ideas. Students should read through the list and sort the items, recording topics in the topic column and main ideas in the main idea column. This can be done independently and reviewed by students in pairs or small groups.
TOPIC SENTENCE = MAIN IDEA - HANDOUT & WORKSHEET
These items should be distributed to students. The handout defines “topic sentence” and uses sample paragraphs to illustrate their placement. Read and discuss the material in class before assigning the accompanying worksheet. It provides three sample paragraphs and requires students to identify the topic and topic sentence for each paragraph. This can be done independently and reviewed by students in pairs or small groups. (The topic sentence in the first paragraph could be either the first or last sentence. In the second paragraph it is the first sentence, and in the third paragraph it is the last sentence.)

PARAGRAPH ASSIGNMENT - page 1 & 2
The writing exercise for this unit contains two parts, a worksheet to organize a student’s thoughts and a sheet for the final copy. Students are asked to choose a topic about which to write. No list of suggested topics is included to allow for a broader use of this exercise. The teacher can then provide a list or other instruction that might tailor the assignment to a particular class or subject area.
On the organizer sheet the student must record his or her topic and a topic sentence which states the main idea of the paragraph. The lines for notes must be filled in with details which support the main idea. (These notes do not need to be in complete sentences.) Students could be placed in pairs or small groups to review each other’s organizer, or the teacher might want to collect the organizer sheet to review with the student before the final copy is assigned. This would insure the student is on the right track.
The final page of the unit is a form for the final copy of the paragraph. A sample rubric has been included at the bottom of the page. These last two pages are to be used as an independent assignment only, however, peer editing groups can be used.
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7
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Teaching Duration
3 Days

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