Pick a paragraph from any novel. Cut it into sentence
strips and have students reorganize the paragraph. Give them the
original and have them compare the two. Make sure you add some
sentences that are not in the original.
Use a teaching planner for students
and get them to write paragraphs using it.
The planner could look like:
A) Topic sentence- a
thought about what you are writing about.
B) Detail 1- add one fact to support the thought.
C) Detail 2- add an example to support the fact.
D) Detail 3- add an opinion with another fact.
E) Concluding sentence- Tie it all together.
explaining how to write a paragraph. A good
paragraph is a wonderful present. The main idea of
paragraph is the gift inside the package. The details are the
colorful wrapping paper that makes it inviting to open. More details
are contained on the gift card, and the bow shows the caring
attitude of the giver. The concluding sentence of the paragraph is
the ribbon which ties the package together.
Activity: Ten Minutes Only.
Ask students to
draft a story by
completing a story
pyramid- that takes place within a short time frame, ten
minutes maximum. Keep an eye on the clock and, every two minutes,
tell students to move on to a new event. This activity gives them
practice using transitional words and also helps them move their
pieces along in segments, developing the action with an eye toward
transition word strategy lesson to help students writing
organization go along smoothly. Words like: next, secondly, in the
first place, along the same lines, as a result, because of... all
organize the writing and promote authority in writing.
plot line strategy sheet.
They use the novel they are working with and fill in the organizer.
They must use it to depict the parts of their novel that reveals the
exposition, rising action, turning point, climax, and falling
students look at good examples of writing and circle the signal
words. With a partner, students can write a short response to an
opinion question they both pose using at least three of the words
identified in the activity.
scaffolds to plot lines. Students use them to plan their own story
and organize their thoughts about writing.