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How to Teach the Paragraph
Writing instruction does NOT need to be difficult. If your students can write a paragraph, your students can write anything from an essay, to a research report, to an in-depth story.
It all starts with one simple trick. Teach this trick in minutes, have your students practice it several times, and your students will have a solid grasp for writing paragraphs. Use this trick to write stories, summarize stories, write reports, and more. No assignment is too difficult.
You’ll be amazed at how quickly even reluctant learners can grasp this concept. Watch this video for a demonstration of the one simple trick. Order the lesson plan below to get step-by-step directions, assessments, writing topics, and how to use this trick all across your curriculum.
Recommended Grade: Grades 3 and Up.
Beyond the Paragraph: Once your students have learned to write paragraphs using our one simple trick, the sky's the limit. Easily transition them into five-paragraph essays, research reports and more. The Complete Writing Program includes How To Teach the Paragraph, How To Teach the Five Paragraph Essay for free (as eBooks).
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How To Teach The Five Paragraph Essay is for you if your answer is "yes" to any of the questions below.
- Would you like to show your students how to write a strong five-paragraph essay to a timed prompt, and have them complete it in about an hour?
- Would you like to show your students a simple format that will help them write essays from any writing domain?
- Would you like your students to be able to write exciting introductions and conclusions?
- Would you like a detailed lesson plan that will show you, step-by-step, how to teach the five-paragraph essay?
How To Teach The Five-Paragraph Essay contains a step-by-step plan for teaching the five-paragraph essay. Teachers will be able to show their students how a simple outline will help students master one of the most important skills a student can acquire.
The format of this book leaves nothing to chance. The teacher is given everything needed to help students master essay writing. Students will be able to organize their ideas, then format and write a five-paragraph essay in about an hour. Every student will be prepared for any class, district, or state writing test.
List of Steps
See the entire process at a glance. The teacher will receive a list of steps on one page to help see the "big picture".
How long will it take to teach your class to write the five-paragraph essay? It all depends on the age and ability level of your students. Use this pacing chart to help keep your class on track. Feel free to slow down or speed up as needed. Following the steps on the pacing chart will keep your class moving through the process at a pace that is just right.
Detailed Lesson Plan
You will receive a detailed explanation of each step. Use the detailed lesson plan to learn how to teach the five-paragraph essay. Once you feel comfortable with each step, the pacing chart is all you will need. You will only need to use the detailed lesson plan to serve as a reminder when you need it.
Plan for Mastery
What are the chances that some students will struggle mastering the essay? All teachers know that every class has its quick learners. This book will show you how to help high achievers create outstanding essays while showing the teacher how to help slower students achieve full mastery of the five-paragraph essay. Parents and administrators will be impressed beyond words at your diligent instruction of the essay.
Bells and Whistles
Not only will your students be able to write a strong five-paragraph essay, they will be able to do it with style. Show your students how to write college level essays by adding spectacular "bells" and "whistles" to their essays. Your students will be able to write Interesting Introductions, Classy Conclusions, and Terrific Transitions. Be prepared to amaze parents, other teachers, and administrators with your students' amazing essays.
The Next Level
This book leaves absolutely nothing to chance. Your students will learn to write the five-paragraph essay using one simple, basic format. Once they have mastered this format, taking their essays to the next level is easy. Writing essays in all domains of writing is amazingly simple. Your students will be able to write essays on topics such as Problem-Solution, Cause and Effect, Autobiographical Incident, Persuasive Argument, and much more. All forms of writing become easy once your students have mastered the basic essay format.
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The Steps (Click to view sample)
Transition Words Worksheet #1 (Click to view sample)
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This 60+ page book contains all the lesson plans you need and includes more than a dozen worksheets to help your students master the five-paragraph essay.
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The ability to organize one's thoughts and communicate ideas clearly is the backbone of good writing. This is why many states are beginning to test students as early as fourth grade on each student's ability to write multiple paragraphs on a single topic. The five-paragraph essay is considered the foundation of good writing.
How to Teach the
The Research Report: Many teachers dread teaching it, and many students hate writing it. There IS a way to take the pain out of this very difficult project. This book offers a step-by-step process for teaching one of the most difficult concepts in writing.
Overview of the Program
It has happened to me several times in my school career. It has happened to my friends and even my own children. I'm guessing that it has happened to many of you reading this page.
A teacher assigns a research report. The student is given a vague checklist of steps to accomplish in order to complete the assignment. The lucky students may even be shown how to make note cards to collect their facts. However, for the most part, the students are left to flounder through the project wondering if they are doing it correctly. In many of these cases, the parents are left to do the bulk of the research, organization of details, and even some of the writing.
Here is our opinion on this process. If students cannot complete the research report on their own, without any help from the teacher or parents, they do NOT have mastery of the concept. The goal of this book is to teach the research report so methodically that the students will have the confidence to write research reports on their own with little guidance from anyone.
How Mastery is Achieved
Any experienced teacher will tell you that before any concept is taught, it must be broken down into small, manageable tasks, a concept known as "task analysis." Teaching the research report is a monumentally massive undertaking. Here are just a few of the concepts the student must already know before attempting the research report:
Mastery of the paragraph, including topic and conclusion sentences; mastery of essay writing, including how to write introduction and conclusion paragraphs; critical reading skills and the ability to discern which facts are important and which details should be ignored; organizational skills which includes the ability to identify key concepts on a topic, from multiple sources, and how to keep their notes on multiple concepts organized.
If a student is weak in any of these areas, his chances of success are greatly reduced. So, why do teachers throw a 3-5 page research report at students, most of whom are far from ready to handle this daunting task? The main reason is that it takes up to a month to complete a single research report. Everything a student learns about research reports is forgotten by the time the students are assigned their next report.
The solution: Teach the entire process for writing research reports in several one-paragraph assignments. Teach the students to find main ideas, collect supporting details from multiple sources, organize these details, and write the research report in just one paragraph. The teacher can do all the steps required to write a research report in just a few days. Next, the students can practice these steps on their own under the guidance of the teacher. Finally, the teacher can even test the students on their research skills by assigning a one-paragraph research report. This process can take as little as two weeks for the average fifth grader. The high school student can do it in a week.
Once the one-paragraph research report is mastered, the teacher can choose to practice the research report with the five-paragraph essay or assign the larger 3 to 5 page research report. The transition to these assignments is made so much easier having practiced the entire process on one-paragraph reports.
Perfect for Elementary School, Middle School, High School, or College Students: Three Lesson Plans in One Book
The One-Paragraph Research Report
While high school students would benefit greatly with a two week review of the one-paragraph research report, the fourth grade teacher might spend a few weeks teaching this skill. The high school teacher would quickly advance to longer research reports while the fourth grade teacher would return to the one-paragraph report multiple times throughout the year. Thus, the fourth grade teacher would make excellent use of the first lesson plan in this book while the high school teacher would teach the skill and move on to the next two lesson plans.
The Five-Paragraph Research Report
When I was a fifth grade teacher, I taught the paragraph and the five-paragraph essay during language arts. After the students mastered the paragraph, I spent two weeks in social studies teaching the one-paragraph research report. I selected eight topics relating to the causes of the American Revolution. I modeled the process for the first two topics, allowed the students to work with partners for the next four paragraphs, and finally had them write their own reports for the last two topics.
Because the students had mastered the five-paragraph essay during language arts and learned to write one-paragraph research reports in social studies, they easily transitioned into the five-paragraph research report. This time, I gave them three topics on the effects of the American Revolution. We completed one report together, they practiced one with their groups, and finally, they completed one on their own. Seventy-five percent of the students wrote excellent research reports with very little help from me.
The assignment described above is spelled out for you in this book. The image (above - right) is an illustration of a final draft my sixth graders completed which is also included in this book.
The Three to Five Page Research Report
By the time my fifth graders had mastered the five-paragraph research report, the transition to the larger research report was incredibly easy. The process of this book is so methodical, the students saw how to write the larger essay before I even started explaining it. Many of these fifth graders could have written ten pages or more had they been given the time.
Middle and high school teachers should have even better success than my fifth graders. Even if these teachers choose to skip the first two lesson plans, the step-by-step guide for the 3-5 page research report will help these students reach a successful completion of the research report.
How It Works: The image to the right shows the basic structure for helping students master the research report. Think of a research report like this: All reports have a beginning, middle, and end. For the one-paragraph report, the students find one main idea for the report and research the beginning, middle, and end for just that one main idea. Because the report is only a paragraph, the students only need to find two details from each resource for the beginning, middle, and end.
Next, for the five-paragraph research report the students will find three main ideas which will become their three paragraphs. By adding an introduction and conclusion paragraph, they have their five-paragraph report. The three main ideas will be the beginning, middle, and end for the report. Since the students already know how to write a one-paragraph research report, they just follow the steps learned in this lesson three times. The only new skill learned here is to find three main ideas for their topic rather than just one.
Finally, the students are ready for the 3-5 page research report. This time, their beginning, middle, and end main ideas will be five-paragraph essays. Because the students have already mastered the five-paragraph research report, all they will need to do is repeat this process three times.
Topic: The American Revolution
Beginning: The Causes of the Revolution
Middle: Fighting the War
End: The Effects of the War
Beginning: The Causes of the Revolution - 2 Sentences
Middle: Fighting the War - 2 Sentences
End: The Effects of the War - 2 Sentences
Beginning: The Causes of the Revolution - One Paragraph
Middle: Fighting the War - One Paragraph
End: The Effects of the War - One Paragraph
Three to Five Page Research Report
Beginning: The Causes of the Revolution - Five-Paragraph Essay
Middle: Fighting the War - Five-Paragraph Essay
End: The Effects of the War - Five-Paragraph Essay
The Complete Writing Program is a workshop in a book. At the very least, it will show you, step-by-step, how to build stronger, more confident writers one day at a time. At its best, it will help you build an army of great writers within your class who will help you with your goal: building great writers.
Have you ever taught your class how to write an essay/story; spent hours reading and editing every one; gave the students constructive feedback; then have your students revise, edit and publish it? If you have, you know that it can be incredibly time consuming. Serious, meaningful conferencing between student and teacher is a luxury most teachers can’t enjoy very often. Why not work smarter, not harder? The Complete Writing Program will show you how to set up your class so your students are modeling and reinforcing the skills you teach on a regular basis, not you!
All great writing, no matter the age of the writer, has five key elements
- You begin by teaching your students the 5 key elements of great writing.
- Next, show your students how to look for the 5 key elements of great writing.
- Teach your students how to assess each other’s writing. They will use The Complete Writing Program’s “Writing Assessment Checklist” to identify the 5 key elements of writing in their neighbor’s writing.
- Students will score each other’s writing. In this way, they are reviewing the five key elements of writing as well as seeing it modeled within each other’s writing.
- Each chapter of The Complete Writing Program shows you how to build your students’ skills in the five areas of great writing. Use the worksheets and lessons in The Complete Writing Program as well as writing lessons from your school or district’s language arts program. Home school parents will find this program especially helpful as they continue to build their child’s skills in the five areas of great writing year after year.
- Save yourself dozens of hours correcting papers. The teacher does not need to correct every piece of writing assigned in order for the students to receive meaningful feedback. The students will know what great writers do and share what they’ve learned with each other during writing conferences.
- Students learn how to communicate their knowledge of writing to others. Students will develop their writing skills within the five areas of great writing at a different pace. Therefore, during writing conference time, they share their particular expertise. Your lessons become much more powerful when the students hear it again from fellow students.
- You have an army of mini-teachers in your class reinforcing the skills you’ve taught. Imaging your entire class reteaching your writing lessons to each other. Click Here to see an illustration of this concept, and you will understand the powerful this program. Illustration
- Your own one-on-one conference time with the students will be more powerful. You can pinpoint problem areas within your students' writing. Furthermore, they will understand why they are weak in a certain area and begin improving.
- More lesson plans than you can use in a year. Select the lessons that are right for you and your students.
- Use these powerful lessons for your observations with the principal. Teachers who have used lessons from The Complete Writing Program for their evaluations have reported remarkable results. Administrators have been so impressed that they’ve requested workshops in order to train their entire staff.
In theory, the five key elements of great writing can apply to emerging writers in kindergarten through grade 2. However, this program begins when the student is capable of writing a paragraph. (The Complete Writing Program will even show you how to do that.)
The five areas of great writing are the same regardless of age. The teacher will simply be building the students’ skills in the five areas at his/her grade level. Third graders will build their skills in the five areas at the third grade level while twelfth graders will build their skills at the twelfth grade level. The Complete Writing Program will help you decide what is right for your grade level.
This program has worked successfully in community college summer writing programs with students from grades four through eight in the same class.
Maybe your school or district has an adopted language arts program such as Houghton Mifflin, SRA/Open Court, Scholastic, etc… Their writing ideas might be terrific. However, many of these programs teach each piece of writing and HOPE that the students can put the writing pieces together.
The Complete Writing Program supercharges these programs. When you teach writing lessons out of these programs, your students will know exactly where each piece fits into the five elements of great writing. Furthermore, when you teach lessons out of your language arts program, your students will automatically look to see how it fits into the five elements of great writing. Again, you will have a class full of mini-teachers helping you reach your objectives.
When I first started teaching, I spent $100’s of dollars on books and workshops to help me become a better writing teacher. Yet, at the end of each school year, I never really felt confident that I had prepared my students adequately in writing.
I began taking ideas from books, workshops, and district approved material and altering these ideas to make them more productive. I knew that I was on to something when teachers began using my ideas in their own classroom. When you see the improvements in your students’ writing abilities, you will see the incredible value of this program. It’s a program you buy once and learn once. However, you will be using these powerful step-by-step procedures throughout your teaching career.
What is the value of this program? Honestly, I can’t say. All I know is the extreme joy I feel when my students skillfully use the new writing concepts that I have taught them. I feel good when I’m able to help other teachers improve the quality of their students’ writing. Finally, I’ve known great satisfaction when, at the end of the school year, I compare my students' writing to samples from the beginning of the year. It is clear that they have improved immensely. To me, this program is priceless. I want every teacher to feel the same confidence and satisfaction.
YES! Not only will your students become great writers, they will be VERY well prepared for state/federal standardized tests. Check your writing and grammar standards for your grade and state. The odds are great that your students will be tested on such things as
- Main ideas within the paragraph
- Topic, supporting, and closing sentences
- Variety of sentence structure
- Vocabulary development
You will be confident your students did well on these tests. In many cases, teachers will hear their students talking about the test after it is finished. “I saw an ‘Appositive’”, “I saw an ‘Interrupter’”, “I saw an ‘Adjective Writing Trick’”. Not only are the students getting the correct answers on the test, they are naming the rule that applied. The Complete Writing Program is powerful on so many levels.
“I was amazed at how quickly these writing techniques caught on. Within weeks, my students’ writing showed vast improvement.
- Kathy Middough, 6th Grade
“As a first year teacher, this writing program was perfect. Everything I needed was laid out for me.”
- Traci Kinon, 5th Grade
“Teacher tested and kid-friendly, this writing program helps teachers at all levels become confident writers. Teachers found immediate results in their students’ writing when they implemented the program. The Complete Writing Program integrates reading, writing, and language and provides the structure and guidance that works with both veteran and beginning teachers
- MaryLynn Bachmann; Principal, Williams Elementary School
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Writing Tricks Plus
A writing trick is:
- A quick and easy way to improve
your students' writing skills.
- A technique to help students
apply grammar, punctuation,
and even poetry skills within
- A powerful way to meet your
state's writing standard: "Uses a
variety of sentence structure."
- All of the Above
Obviously, the answer is D, all of the above. Every worksheet in Writing Tricks is designed to teach your students important language skills while encouraging them to apply these skills within their writing. Once your students have mastered each trick, they will have a powerful skill that they will use for the rest of their lives.
"George Washington, general of the Continental Army,
Early in my teaching career, our district's language arts series had a worksheet that required the students to use Appositives. (In case you've forgotten, here's an appositive: Mr. Dye, my fifth grade teacher, taught us how to write appositives.) The students completed the worksheet and we went on with the school year. The next year, I came across the same worksheet. It dawned on me that the students hadn't used that skill a single time during the course of the last school year.
I almost refused to do the worksheet again that year. Why bother? Then I thought, what if I taught the worksheet, called this type of sentence a "Trick", and MADE my students write these kinds of sentences within their writing? Within a week, not only had my students mastered the use of the comma within appositives, they were using a new sentence structure within their writing.
To make things even better, I had discovered an incredible side effect; my students were figuring out how to use this sentence in ways I could never imagine. They were using it in science, social studies, and all across the curriculum.
won the Battle of Yorktown."
"All of the elements of the universe are found on the Periodic Table, a chart that has the elements organized by each element's atomic number."
To make a long story short, an important discovery was made. Every chance I got, if I could think of a way to call a certain skill a "writing trick" I did. Here in this book I've included fourteen of my favorite writing tricks. Even if you did the worksheets simply to teach each skill, you are getting a great value. I encourage you to take each worksheet a step further and help your students learn the Tricks to better writing.
Most worksheets are age appropriate for Grades 3 and older. I've used many of these worksheets with average third graders. Obviously, the older the students, the more skillful they will be at applying each Writing Trick within their writing.
- Teach the writing trick using the worksheets.
- MAKE the students use the writing trick immediately within a paragraph or story.
- Require students to practice the writing tricks for journal time, homework, or future assignments.
- When students revise their writing, they have fourteen writing tricks that they can use to improve the quality of their writing.
Elizabeth was one of my fourth grade students a long time ago. She kept her writing trick worksheets in a folder. She was wonderful about using her writing tricks in every assignment.
When the school year ended, she saved her worksheets. She reviewed the worksheets every year and continued to use the writing tricks as she advanced through school. When teachers taught her new writing skills, although they did not call them "writing tricks", she recognized them as writing tricks and continued to grow.
Just before she graduated from the twelfth grade, Elizabeth received an award for outstanding writing at her high school. It was a nice surprise when Elizabeth told me about her accomplishments. She credited her collection of "tricks" as a big part of her success.
You will have many "Elizabeth's" of your own. These writing tricks will become such a strong part of your students' academic lives, they will not forget the one who taught these skills to them.
Since you can only see a few worksheets, here is a list of the writing tricks featured in this book. This will give you an idea of the types of sentences your students will be learning to write:
"When we get to the mall," said Mom, "we'll look for your friend's birthday gift."
Introductory Phrase / Clause:
While we all slept, Santa delivered presents for all of us.
Amy, my best friend in the world, is having a party.
Anthony worked, if you can call that work, for an hour.
Shawn, you did a great job.
Words in a Series:
At the dance we're going to shake, rattle, and roll all night.
Phrases in a Series:
The cat raced up the tree, across the branch, and over the fence.
A short, chubby man walked into the room.
The cheetahs bolted across the field.
The waiter carried the dishes carefully across the room.
In the middle of the room happy, little children sat at Mrs. Johnson's feet listening to a story.
Simile / Metaphor:
We raced out of the room like bolts of lightning.
If the music gets any louder my head will explode.
Coach said Jimmy is off the team because he's a loose cannon.
Look Inside Writing Tricks Plus
Writing Tricks Plus includes:
to see Sample Worksheet 1
to see Sample Worksheet 2
to see Sample Worksheet 3
to see a sample paragraph using Writing Tricks
to see a Unit Introduction.
to see sample Journal Activities.
to see a Peer Tutoring Assessment Activity.
to see a Unit Test.
to download an 11 page preview.
This powerful program provides:
- 16 Writing Tricks with more than 70 ready-to-use worksheets.
- Every step of the learning process is provided. From introducing the writing trick, practicing the skill within the worksheet, to mastering the trick within the context of writing, everything is provided for the teacher.
- Assessments. The 16 writing tricks are organized into 4 units, each ending with an assessment which allows students to show off their new skills.