Do your students need help finishing a paragraph? This post will not only show you how to teach CLOSING SENTENCES, it will also show you ways to help your students be creative with their closing sentences by writing CLINCHERS. These ideas are ideal for any writing curriculum and are a part of a series of mini lessons for writer’s workshop designed for scaffolding through the writing process. This lesson is for ending a paragraph, not a concluding sentence to an essay. That will come later in the writing mini lesson series!
MINI LESSON #7: CLOSING SENTENCES
A closing sentence is the concluding sentence. Close the door to the paragraph!
- It summarizes the main ideas or feeling of a paragraph.
- It is not a relevant detail in the paragraph.
- Use a “clincher” to be creative with the closing sentence! (question, humor, excitement, or a future thought)
Paragraph: Summer weather lets me play outside. I have fun under the sprinkler with my brother. We run through the water and scream each time! It is refreshing to swim in the lake too. At night, I play hide and seek with my friends. I usually hide behind a big bush. I love when the weather is warm!
2. Take Notes
When students take notes and show examples, it will provide them with a reference when writing paragraphs in the future.
4. Go Deeper
This is a great opportunity for teaching or differentiating with clinchers.
Students should practice this skill. First identify the closing sentence, then writing a closing sentence and writing clinchers. Task cards are an effective tool to use during center time. You are welcome to use the examples below when creating materials for your own class.
6. Assessment and Tracking
Assess and track some of the students’ work for future small instructional groups and review!
CONTINUE WITH PARAGRAPH WRITING: MINI LESSON #8 CREATING A TABLE OF CONTENTS
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LAST MINI LESSON: MINI LESSON #6- RELEVANT DETAILS
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