Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding What Do You Want to Know?? Sorting Questions into Paragraphs for an Informational Report - Section 2: Recording Questions for Research


I find that I am still discussing paragraphing with my students.  I don't know if it's a developmental thing or what because Heaven knows we've had PLENTY of practice!!  It seems as though every time I mention the word paragraph, I get blank stares- never mind that we spent an eternity on topic sentences, main idea and supporting details- still blank stares.  The document I created for this lesson attempts to help students make paragraphs naturally- the way they think about the topic.  My hope is that by having them manipulate the strips of paper with the questions on them, they will get a better understanding of what a paragraph actually is- similar to an array in a multiplication problem.  Understanding the science behind a paragraph will help them "see" what a paragraph is and maybe that will end the blank stares.  If nothing else, I'll finally have paragraphs in their pieces of writing!!

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  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Reflection: Scaffolding Paragraphs
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What Do You Want to Know?? Sorting Questions into Paragraphs for an Informational Report

Unit 20: What Do You Want to Know???? Writing an Informational Report
Lesson 3 of 9

Objective: SWBAT sort their research questions into like groups to create meaty and meaningful paragraphs for their informational report.

Big Idea: Understanding the role that good prewriting plays in determining the success of a piece of writing is an important building block to becoming a good writer.

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