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Students in a single classroom may have very different writing skills. This NO PREP resource includes three versions of the same scrambled paragraph. Students working at or below grade level, or in need of an additional challenge, can all work together by using different levels of the same content.
--> Integrated ELA and Science Curriculum <--
All three paragraphs, whether they are five or eight sentences, can be put together only one way. Students use transitions and inferential clues to assemble the sentences into an organized, logical paragraph. Even reluctant writers will experience success and gain confidence.
Ready-to-use printables! Just copy and go!
This download includes:
- suggestions for instruction,
- vocabulary handout,
- (1) five-sentence, cut-and-paste scrambled paragraph,
- (1) eight-sentence, cut-and-paste scrambled paragraph,
- (1) eight-sentence + plus one off-prompt sentence, cut-and-paste scrambled paragraph,
- (1) five-sentence paragraph student assembly worksheet,
- (1) eight-sentence paragraph student assembly worksheet,
- (1) five-sentence model paragraph in published format,
- (1) eight-sentence model paragraph in published format,
- (1) five-sentence, blank graphic organizer for extension writing activities,
- (1) eight-sentence, blank graphic organizer for extension writing activities,
- student worksheet; mass estimation coloring activity,
- (1) step-by-step model for using five-sentence graphic organizer,
- (1) step-by-step model for using eight-sentence graphic organizer,
- suggested levels based on ability and/or grade of students, and
- full-page answer keys.
Working with Scrambled Paragraphs improves students' writing. This easy-to-use paragraph structure includes:
-- a title,
-- a topic sentence,
-- three (3) paragraph-body sentences (Level One)
-- three (3) paragraph-body sentence pairs, six (6) sentences altogether (Levels Two and Three), and
-- a closing sentence, or clincher.
Like training wheels on a bicycle, working with scrambled paragraphs helps students understand the importance of writing their own ideas in a clear, organized manner. Students find it much more satisfying to "build" an organized paragraph than to revise a disorganized one.
This kid-friendly activity also helps with the following skill areas:
-- constructing extended essay responses,
-- identifying main idea,
-- using context clues,
-- making inferences, and
-- sequencing details and events.
This resource also includes two different Paragraph Graphic Organizers for students to use to draft their own writing. This pre-writing tool is very useful for student writers. By filling in the graphic organizer in the same manner they organized the scrambled paragraph sentences, students soon learn how easy it can be to write in a clear, logical manner.
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.RI.2.10-6.10 By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 2-6 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
► CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.2 - 6.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine
a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
► CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.2c-6.2c Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases (e.g., another, for example, also, because).
► 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!
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