Are you ready for your next mini lesson? The previous paragraph writing lesson was on topic sentences which leads us into:
1. Teach: Within a paragraph, writers need to STICK TO THE TOPIC. This means that everything in the paragraph is related to the topic sentence and is IMPORTANT!
- These details support the topic and give the writing true meaning.
- It creates imagery, a picture in the reader’s mind.
- This is the perfect place to include personal experiences or detailed examples.
2. Take Notes: Students should take notes and show examples. VIP-P- very important piece to the paragraph! This provides students with a future reference when writing paragraphs.
3. Apply: Students should write a paragraph independently or in partners and highlight the relevant details. Then share with a small group or class.
4. Go Deeper: This is the perfect time to also teach about using TRANSITION WORDS or use it for differentiation. Transition words help sequence or organize the relevant details. They create a smooth and logical flow of the writing. Transit- means pass through.
This may also be a good time to explain clauses and phrases to upper elementary students.
A phrase is a group of words that may have nouns or verbs, but it does not have a subject.
leaving behind the cat
smashing into a wall
before the next movie
after the war
A clause is a group of words in a sentence that has a subject and predicate. Some clauses may stand alone as their own sentence!
since she runs to music
when the saints go marching in
because he made the last shot
I dislike bullies
5. Practice: Practice identifying relevant details, irrelevant details, and transition words. Also practice writing relevant details and transitions words. Task cards are an effective way for students to practice during center time. You are welcome to use the examples below when creating materials for your own class.
6. Assessment and Tracking: Assess some of the students’ work and track their progress. This will be useful for future small instructional groups and review.
I hope this helps you and your students when writing relevant details and transition words in a paragraph! The next lesson is on CLOSING SENTENCES.
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