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ESL Paragraph Structure Exercises

Instructor: Sarah Mills

Sarah is an educational freelance writer and has taught English and ESL in grades k-12 and college. She has a master's degree in both Literacy and TESOL.

Many students can use a refresher on how to write paragraphs. In this lesson, teachers of English as a second language (ESL) students will learn some activities for reinforcing paragraph structure.

Teaching Paragraph Structure

In order to write a well-structured paragraph, students need to begin with a topic sentence followed by supporting details and a concluding sentence. From time to time, students may need a refresher on paragraph structure. Let's take a look at some activities for reinforcing paragraph structure with your ESL students.

Traffic Light Paragraphs

On a piece of poster board, create an image of a modified traffic light with the green light at the top and the red light at the bottom. Keep this visual aid displayed in your classroom all year to remind students how to structure a paragraph.

The green light represents the beginning of the paragraph, also known as the topic sentence. The yellow light is a reminder to slow down and add details to support the topic sentence. The red light reminds students to wrap things up with a concluding sentence.

Have students practice writing simple traffic light paragraphs using this formula.

Scrambled Paragraphs

Use sentence strips to write a complete paragraph, with one sentence per strip. Next, scramble the strips up and ask students to put them in the correct order. This activity is helpful for ESL students because manipulatives, such as sentence strips, help make lessons more concrete. Following is an example of a paragraph that you could use for this activity:

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