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Teach and learn basic language arts skills and good paragraph writing.
 

ENGLISH WRITING LESSON:
THE PARAGRAPH

Introductory paragraph writing lesson.

Objectives:

  • Student will learn the basic definition, parts, and structure of a paragraph.

  • Student will write paragraphs that include a main idea, or topic.

  • Student will write a paper that includes three paragraphs.

Suggested/Recommended Grades:

2nd Grade - 3rd Grade - 4th Grade

 

 

 

 

 

PARAGRAPH WRITING LESSON PLAN

 

Materials


Procedure:

Definition:  a paragraph is a group of sentences that tell one idea.

Paragraph Rules:

  • Indent the first word in a paragraph (start the first word of the paragraph a little to the right of the left-hand margin.

  • Start a paragraph with a topic sentence, which states the main idea of that paragraph.

  • Any time you begin writing about a new idea, begin a new paragraph.

  • Paragraphs answer questions about a certain topic.



Example Paragraphs (Sample story):

Skiing (title of paper)

 (indent) → Skiing is a sport enjoyed by many people. One kind of skiing is called downhill skiing. Skiers ride up a ski mountain on a chairlift or gondola. Then they ski down the mountain on ski runs and start over again on a chairlift.

(new idea) → Another type of skiing is called cross-country skiing. Skiers begin skiing on flat ground and continue gliding their skis through the backcountry. They don't need a chairlift to take them up a mountain. They stay on a trail or make their own trail in the snow.

 

Application exercise:  let students write a paragraph describing their favorite animal. They can use 3-5 sentences in their paragraph. Make sure the sentences stay on the subject of their topic sentence.

 

Application exercise 2:  have students write a research paper on their favorite animal. Use various grade-level resources. They need 3 - 5 paragraphs in their paper, each paragraph having a different topic.

 

 

 

LESSON PRINTABLES

 

Paragraph Teaching Lesson *

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Paragraph Student Lesson *

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Paragraph Worksheet *

Read each of the paragraphs and answer the questions given.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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