Throughout the first few days of school, we have discussed the importance of active listening. The past two days of class, I modeled using the perfect paragraph format to organize ideas and write a focused paragraph as a whole class.
Today, students responded to the following prompt using the perfect paragraph format.
Prompt: In an explanatory paragraph, explain how Active Listening Skills assist students in improving their grades.
Since this lesson was within the first two weeks of school, I guided the students through the Writing Process steps that I expected them to follow.
After we read the prompt aloud, each student created a web or list of ideas as their brainstorming activity. I reminded them of the steps we used the previous day when writing about the class being noisy during testing.
As students began writing their Rough Drafts, I reminded them that using their graphic organizer made the writing process easy. Their ideas are already organized, all they have to do is transform their ideas into sentences.
I also encourage students to skip lines. This provides space for students to revise as we progress through the writing process.