Writing can be a daunting task for some students. If they learn a foundation from which they can build a paragraph, this task becomes much easier. Beginning with a graphic organizer, students will build a basic paragraph which allows them to see exactly what information needs to go into a good paragraph. From there, they add transitions, compound sentences, and a dash of their own creativity to make a rich, detailed paragraph. Having this structure at the beginning of their writing career allows them to progress more easily to the rigorous writing that will be included on standardized tests.
Included in this lesson are:
• Six steps for students to write the perfect paragraph with teacher instructions
• A graphic organizer for the 5 sentences
• Two sample writings for the teacher to use as examples
• A list of common transitional words and phrases
• A student checklist to use after writing the paragraph