Paragraph Writing Lesson Plan for Kids

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

This lesson plan explores the elements of a paragraph including topic sentences, supporting details, and conclusions. The plan includes whole class and small group work as well as an individual writing assignment.

Lesson Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify the three key parts of a paragraph: topic sentence, supporting details, and conclusion.
  • write a paragraph containing a topic sentence, supporting details, and conclusion.

Length

  • 1-2 hours. The final writing activity could be spread over two days.

Curriculum Standards

  • 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.

Materials

  • Access to the video lesson Paragraph Writing for Kids and accompanying quiz
  • Poster-sized copy of a hamburger organizer as well as copies on regular-sized paper for student use

Sample Hamburger Paragraph Organizer
hamburger organizer

  • A number of well-written paragraphs - these could be printed from short stories, articles, or any other source as long as they have solid topic sentences, details, and conclusions
  • Whiteboard or easel paper to write your class paragraph and brainstorming information

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