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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

Length

The lesson will take 60 minutes to 90 minutes.

Materials

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

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.2

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2.A

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2.B

Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2.C

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2.D

Provide a concluding statement or section

Instructions

  • 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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