Once a child has a firm grasp of writing sentences, he is ready to move on to learning the process of writing a paragraph. Since paragraph writing involves creating sentences around a common topic, it often presents a difficulty for some children. The best way to approach the process is sentence by sentence through teaching a basic paragraph.
Basics of Paragraph Writing
A basic paragraph consists of five sentences: (1) topic sentence, (3) supporting sentences, and (1) conclusion sentence.
Topic Sentence: A topic sentence sets the tone of the paragraph. It should grab the reader’s attention and let them know what is to come. Basically, it includes the main idea of the paragraph. When teaching your child how to create a topic sentence, focus first on having it include the main idea and not on grabbing the reader’s attention. Once the child gets a clear idea on how to condense a main idea into one sentence then begin to teach style. It simply makes the process easier and less intimidating for a child who is beginner writer.
Supporting or Detail Sentences: These sentences are the heart of the paragraph. It is here that you supply details, facts, and descriptions that support your topic sentence. It is important for these sentences to be specific. It is also at this point that we hear, “I don’t know” a lot. So, if your child is writing a paragraph on polar bears, guide your child to look up some facts to include in this portion of the paragraph.
Concluding Sentence: A concluding sentence wraps up the paragraph. The sentence should reinforce the claims made in the topic sentence. The strength behind this sentence are the supporting sentences. Therefore, when restating your claim or theme in the topic sentence it ends strong. Often children will think of restating the topic sentence as simply rewriting the topic sentence or saying, “That’s why I like polar bears.” Explain to your child that the concluding sentence should use the supporting sentences to restate the main idea and not just restate the topic sentence.
The process of writing a paragraph does not need to be frustrating for you or the child. Allow your child to work through the process of writing at his own pace. The first several paragraphs may not be perfect but each is a victory and a step in the right direction.
The Writing Curriculum I Love
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Free Paragraph Writing Download
If your kids are like mine- they are super visual! I have this awesome sandwich visual that I use to help my kids in learning to write a paragraph. I hope it will be a blessing to you.
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