Lesson Plan : Creating A Paragraph

Teacher Name:
 Ms. Parks
 Grade 5
 Language Arts

 Paragraph Reconstruction
 PARAGRAPH: a group of sentences that all relate to one main idea TOPIC SENTENCE: the first sentence in a paragraph that tells what the paragraph will be about, focus, subject. DETAIL SENTENCES: sentences that provide detail information about the topic. CONCLUSION SENTENCE: the last sentence in the paragraph that summarizes what the paragraph has been about.
 Students will work cooperatively together to reconstruct and agree on a proper paragraph, using sentence strips with the correct topic, detail, and concluding sentences. These will be in proper order.
 Given a sentence strip that has been placed upside down of their desks, students will find related sentences fromt heir classmates organizing them into a proper paragraph.
 Five different paragraphs cut into sentences. A sentence for each student. One sheet of lined paper per group. Yellow, pin, and green highlighter per group.
 Using a KWL chart, review what students already know about writing a paragraph. Review order sequence for a paragraph.
 The teacher will then present a sample of a paragraph written in proper sequence, with each part of the paragraph highlighted. Students will review together before beginning their task. They will each be given a sentence strip, read it, and look for other classmates who have sentences related to the topic.
  Students will move about the room in silence shaking their hea yes or no as the determine other sentences that related to theirs. When they have three memebers of the paragraph group they will sit together and others will travel to t hem. When all five memebers are together they will discuss the proper order of their paragraphs. Then they will copy it onto a sheet of line paper. They will highlight the topic sentence in green. They then will determine the topic/main idea of the paragraph. All members sign the sheet of paper.
 Students who experience difficulty in this area, will be assigned a buddy. They will be in the same paragraph group.
Checking For Understanding:
 Dispaly a chart with the following questions: Do they have a topic sentence? Agree? Detail sentences? Agree? Concluding sentences? Agree? What is the paragraph's topic.
 Colletct group paragraph on paper. Reivew with the class by displaying the teacher's original paragraph.
 Next day: Individuals use highlighters (same assigned colors as in reconstruction activity) to determine the topic, detail and conclusion sentences on a worksheet given by the teacher. They will draw a line through any sentence that does not belong in the paragraph. Next Day: Student will be expected to write their own paragraph about a topic they pick at random from a basket. The paragraph will contain three or more sentences, have a topic sentence, include simple supporting facts and descriptive details, include a closing, conclusion sentence that reminds the reader of what the paragraph was about. Revision time will be given and the stuens will use the "Paragraph Checklist" to edit and revise. The students will share their paragraphs and be evaluated with a class discussion.
Teacher Reflections:
 The teacher will reflect as the students complete the Evaluation section of this plan. How well the students perform will help the teacher determine the effectiveness of this lesson.

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