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Topics: Paragraph, Writing, Pilcrow Pages: 135 (25890 words) Published: October 10, 2013
50 Engaging Mini-Lessons, Activities,
and Student Checklists for
Teaching Paragraphing Skills
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Acknowledgments
I would like to thank the following people who have made this book possible: Scholastic executive editor, Wendy Murray, who suggested the topic; my manuscript editor, Ray Coutu, whose excellent advice helped me improve the text; and my husband, Martin, who barbecued our dinner when I was deep into the endless composing and rewriting process. I am also grateful to all of my students over the years whose writings fill this book.

—Adele Fiderer

Scholastic Inc. grants teachers permission to reproduce student reproducibles for classroom use only. No other part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part, or stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission of the publisher. For information regarding permission, write to Scholastic Inc., 557 Broadway, New York, NY 10012.

Front cover design by Hamid Rahmanian
Interior design by Solutions by Design, Inc.
Front cover photograph by Vicky Kasala
ISBN 0-439-20577-8
Copyright © 2002 by Adele Fiderer. All rights reserved.
Printed in the U.S.A.

Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

MINI-LESSON 1:

Exploring the Purpose of Paragraphs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

STUDENT ACTIVITY:
MINI-LESSON 2:

What Makes a Paragraph? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Identifying the Parts of a Paragraph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

STUDENT ACTIVITY:

Take Apart the Paragraph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

STUDENT ACTIVITY:

Body Sentence or Closing Sentence? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

MINI-LESSON 3:

Investigating Different Types of Paragraphs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

STUDENT ACTIVITY:
MINI-LESSON 4:

What’s My Type?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Enhancing a Paragraph With Strong Details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

STUDENT ACTIVITY:

Dress It Up With Details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

STUDENT ACTIVITY:

Game Rules Rule! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Fun and Fast One-Paragraph Writing Assignments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 OUTLINE GUIDE 1:

Outline a Paragraph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

SELF-ASSESSMENT CHECKLIST 1:

Paragraph Editing Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

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MINI-LESSON 5:

Studying the Structure of a Two-Paragraph Piece. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

STUDENT ACTIVITY:

Dissect a Book Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

STUDENT ACTIVITY:

Edit a Two-Paragraph Book Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

MINI-LESSON 6:

Writing a Two-Paragraph Letter: Focus on Conventions . . . . . . . . 30

OUTLINE GUIDE 2:

Outline a Two-Paragraph Letter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

MINI-LESSON 7:

Writing a Two-Paragraph How-To Piece: Focus on Details . . . . . . 33

STUDENT ACTIVITY:
OUTLINE GUIDE 3:
MINI-LESSON 8:

Break the...

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