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The Literacy Dive Podcast

Feb 15, 2021

Paragraph writing can be hard, but it can be easier! A major part of the battle is that our students just don't understand how a paragraph works. If you are ready to make that a thing of the past, today's episode is for you! I am going to share 4 components to paragraph writing that will have your students writing clear, focused paragraphs in no time!

Episode highlights:

  • A paragraph is a group of sentences that are organized around a central idea or topic
  • A basic paragraph structure usually is comprised of 5-6 sentences: a topic sentence, 3-4 supporting sentences, and a concluding sentence
  • 4 components of a paragraph: unity, order, coherence, and completeness
  • Unity - a paragraph needs only one topic sentence
  • Order - main focus on organization
  • Coherence - main focus on the quality of writing with the use of transition words
  • Completeness - the celebration of a well-developed paragraph and the focus is on the concluding sentence to make it complete
  • Tip #1 - Allow students to write about what they like and know
  • Tip #2 - Do not focus on an entire essay
  • Tip #3 - Partner practice
  • Tip #4 - Provide paragraph stems for student reference

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