Teaching Paragraph Writing


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How does using published paragraphs as models help students learn to write their own paragraphs?

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1. Why might you have students insert a purposefully off-topic sentence into a published paragraph?

2. Which of the following is true about students identifying topic sentences in published works?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you to understand how to teach paragraph writing. Some of the topics you'll be assessed on include the use of published paragraphs as models for students' own writing and identifying important parts of a paragraph, like the topic sentence and transition words.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Why teachers use published paragraphs as models for teaching paragraph writing
  • Why you might use off-topic sentences to teach paragraph writing
  • What happens when students identify topic sentences
  • The benefits of an activity in which students remove transitional words and phrases from a paragraph
  • Whether examining an author's use of external evidence can help students learn to integrate evidence into their paragraphs

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on how to teach paragraph writing
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding various methods for teaching paragraph writing and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding topic sentences
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the benefits of modeling as a technique for teaching writing

Additional Learning

To learn more about teaching writing, review the accompanying lesson on How to Teach Paragraph Writing. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the benefits of using published paragraphs as models to help students write their own paragraphs
  • Identify focus as an important part of a well-structured paragraph
  • Define topic sentence and give an example of a topic sentence
  • Know the function of transitional words and phrases
  • Understand how evidence is used to construct a paragraph