I Heart Paragraph Writing is a fun, effective, and paperless way for your students to practice writing paragraphs. Students simply click and type into the included text boxes on each slide. You can use these digital writing prompts and graphic organizers for Paragraph of the Week format, or in whatever way works for your classroom.
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To access the student slides, you will need to have a (free) Google Drive account. When you click the link on the PDF that you will download after purchase, you will be prompted to make your own copy. Once you do, you can rename it and distribute it to your students through Google Classroom or whatever platform you use. You will want to make sure that your students each make their own copies so that no one is editing your original.
This resource is organized into several sections:
Writing Prompts/Brainstorming (63 slides)
There are 20 numbered prompts for each of the paragraph types: Opinion (O), Informative (I), and Narrative (N). In addition to the prompt, each slide includes helpful information for writing that type of paragraph, room for brainstorming, and a checklist to track each step of the writing process.
There are several brainstorming options. Students could use shapes to create a mind map, as in the first example or could use text as in the second. If you have an app that allows for inking, then students could create a hand-drawn mind map. Shapes can be used to create small stars and “X”s
There are also slides for each of the three types of writing with empty prompt boxes so that you can make your own. This allows you to create prompts for topics relevant to your class, such as field trips, social issues, school events etc.
Organizing Pages (4 slides)
There is one organizing slide for each of the three types of paragraphs. These slides guide students through the process of taking the ideas from their brainstorming and organizing them into the elements they will need to write the paragraph. Each slide features reminders unique to that particular type of paragraph. If you do not wish to use such specific terminology, there is also a more generic format with checkboxes for students to indicate the type of paragraph they are writing.
First Draft/Editing and Revising (4 slides)
Again, there is one slide for each of the three types of writing as well as a more general format. In addition to a text box for writing the paragraph, there is also a list of suggestions for revising and editing.
After making a copy of their first draft, students can revise and edit directly on the slide. Another option is to cut and paste the draft text into Google Docs and use the tracking editing tools provided to complete the process.
Combined Organizing and First Draft/Editing (4 slides)
With the organization step and first draft on one slide, this format will work well when your students are ready for less structure. Again, there is one slide for each type of writing, as well as a more general format.
Final Draft/Paragraph Checklist (6 slides)
Several options or given for final draft. There is one for each of the three types of writing that includes a “Did you…” checklist to help students stay on track. The checklists are also offered separately at the end to use as printed or digital reference. Blank frames for final drafts with text boxes are also provided.
There are several options for illustrating paragraphs. Students could use a painting app to create a picture and cut and paste it into their final draft. They can import photos, grab (and credit) images, gifs etc. from the internet. Another option is to draw an illustration on paper and scan it in. The aqua border has been omitted for easier printing should you want a printed copy.
Grading Rubrics and Linking Words Poster (8 slides)
I have provided grading rubrics, but left them in black line format. They are digital ready, with text boxes, but in this case printing and filling them out by hand might be quicker.
Two types of rubrics are offered for each of the three types of paragraphs. The first is a whole-page grid. To use, just drag and drop the red rings to the appropriate box in the row (delete the red rings if printing) and fill in the text boxes for “Comments” and “Total.” The second rubric is less detailed. Just fill in the text boxes. The edited rubrics can then be printed or sent back to the students.
In addition, there is a poster listing several dozen linking/transition words for easy reference.
Suggestions for Use
Use for Paragraph of the Week – either in class or as homework. There are more than enough prompts for the year, so you can pick the ones that work best for your students. Suggested schedule:
-Monday: Prompt intro and brainstorming
-Tuesday: Complete organizing page
-Wednesday: Write Rough Draft
-Thursday: Edit Rough draft, write final draft.
When your students are ready, consider expanding some of the prompts into 3-5 paragraph essays.
The student guides (instructions on organization sheet, Did You checklist etc.) and grading rubrics were designed to align with the English Language Arts Writing Common Core Standards for grades 3-5. All of the writing standards relevant to paragraph writing are addressed in this resource. In some cases students must write pieces longer than a paragraph to fully meet the standard. Even in these cases, this resource will help to build a solid foundation for more advanced skills.
This resource will also work well for teachers who are not using the Common Core Standards.
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