The Picture Paragraph template takes some of the stress out of writing for elementary students because it doesn’t cause “blank loose leaf paper writing anxiety” ~ it seems more like an art project to students!
The Picture Paragraph template allows students to add creativity to their paragraph writing. Students will enjoy writing and illustrating summaries of stories or paragraphs on any topic in science, social studies, language arts or math. Students can write word problems and then show their solutions with a picture!
The possibilities for the picture paragraph are limitless! Opinion writing, compare and contrast, summaries, poems, stories, definitions, facts about historical figures ~ you name it, and your kids can use this template to write it and illustrate it!
Picture Paragraphs look great displayed outside a classroom door or on a bulletin board!
Students LOVE options for writing. A great way to differentiate instruction is to let children choose how they will write about the topic using the picture paragraph.
Summarizing stories is an excellent sequencing and written response activity for the Picture Paragraph.
Great for around the holidays when you are looking for meaningful activities! If my students watch a holiday video, I have them take notes and then do a picture paragraph!
There are SEVEN differentiated templates, TWO examples and some directions and ideas for you to use. Students can do a 1, 2, or 3 page picture paragraph. It depends on your students' abilities, grade level and the task.
This writing template works with almost all of the Common Core Standards for grades 1 – 5! I have copied the Common Core Writing Standards for you below…
COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS ANCHOR STANDARDS FOR WRITING (Courtesy of engageNY.com)
Text Types and Purposes
1. Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Production and Distribution of Writing
4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
5. Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Range of Writing
10. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (asingle sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Note on range and content of student writing ~ Common Core Standards Document
To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students need to learn to use writing as a way of offering and supporting opinions, demonstrating understanding of the subjects they are studying, and conveying real and imagined experiences and events.
They learn to appreciate that a key purpose of writing is to communicate clearly to an external, sometimes unfamiliar audience, and they begin to adapt the form and content of their writing to accomplish a particular task and purpose. They develop the capacity to build knowledge on a subject through research projects and to respond analytically to literary and informational sources. To meet these goals, students must devote significant time and effort to writing, producing numerous pieces over short and extended time frames throughout the year.
For MORE close reading REPRODUCIBLES created to help students close read text and writing TEMPLATES designed to train writers to use details, check out
Close Reading; Fun for Kids, Easy for Teachers
Close Reading; Summary Practice Nonfiction
Close Reading; Analyzing Characters
Close Reading; Summarizing Stories
Close Writing; The PQA Quiz; Assessments for Fictional Stories
Common Core Writing; The Character Analysis Paragraph