Paragraph Writing Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Frank Clint

Frank has been an educator for over 10 years. He has a doctorate degree in education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction.

Take your students through this exciting, step-by-step paragraph writing lesson. Students will have the opportunity to see a modeled writing activity before trying one on their own.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Plan a paragraph using an organizer
  • Write a topic sentence
  • Support a topic sentence with supporting details
  • Craft a strong conclusion
  • Edit, Revise, and Publish a completed paragraph


The lesson will take 60 minutes to 90 minutes.


  • Writing Paper
  • Writing Utensils
  • Chart tablet, interactive whiteboard, or whiteboard

Curriculum Standards


Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.


Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.


Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details.


Use linking words and phrases (e.g., also, another, and, more, but) to connect ideas within categories of information.


Provide a concluding statement or section


  • Begin by asking the students what they already know about writing a paragraph. List their ideas on the board.
  • Explain to students that today they will be learning about writing a complete paragraph and that they will be able to write a paragraph on their own by the end of the lesson. Ask for their opinion and give them reasons why this is important to their learning and life in general.
  • Play the video lesson Paragraph Writing for Kids, pausing at 1:05.
  • Now review the ideas listed on the board about a paragraph and focus in on organizers. Show students a graphic organizer of your choice. Since the video uses a hamburger organizer, you can use something similar, but this is flexible. This organizer will be used throughout the lesson. Brainstorm ideas with students about a topic to write about. Once you come up with a topic, continue the video after this point.
  • Topic Sentence - Pause the video at 2:30 and review. Using the topic you picked as a class, model writing a good topic sentence.

Continue the video once you finish modeling.

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