Paragraph Organization Activities

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

Part of effective literacy includes understanding how to organize information. These activities will give students opportunities to practice organizing information within paragraphs, and organizing paragraphs within larger texts.

Organizing Paragraphs

Literacy skills are among the most important practical skills that students will need to learn in order to succeed in our communications-driven world. Whether in academia or in the workplace, students will have to be able to interpret and communicate information through writing. So, it's important for them to understand the basic rules of organizing information. These activities are designed to be easily adaptable for students of various grade levels and can help bring some practical and hands-on engagement to literacy lessons.

Paragraph Organization Activities

Word Puzzle

Preparation: Prep this activity by taking an informational paragraph and cutting it into several individual sentences or small sections of information (you will do enough so that each group has their own paragraph to work with, with each student in the group having their own sentence).

Activity: Divide the class into small groups. Give each group a packet containing envelopes, one for each student. Within each envelope, there should be one of the sentences from the paragraph. In their groups, each student will present their sentence. The group will work together to determine the most logical order for these various pieces, assembling them back into a coherent paragraph.

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