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.


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

Curriculum Standards


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.


  • 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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