Reflection: Students with Disabilities Catchy Topic Sentences and How to End - Section 2: Topic Sentence:


Writing can be an intimidating subject for many students. When we first started this lesson I have one student in particular that almost gives up on himself right away. He does not feel successful with his writing and becomes frustrated easily.

To help him buy into the writing project, I started by having him share one to one what he found out about his name. Giving some focused attention has helped me build a trusting relationship with a reluctant student. While he shared, I gave lots of reinforcement for what he found out. With the reinforcement I add some prompts with what he might try to write. I keep the sentences simple and allow him to choose one that he likes. I then asked what words he is worried about writing and add them to a sticky note to help with spelling. It keeps his frustration level low. I challenge him to write his sentence and walk away. When he finishes I am careful not to be critical and to give lots of positive reinforcement.

Some of the reinforcement statements I like:

"Wow! You really did a great job taking off with your writing and I can't believe you don't like to write!"

"_________, this is shows some great effort and I am so proud of how hard you worked to get your idea down on paper!"


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Catchy Topic Sentences and How to End

Unit 25: Beginning Paragraph Writing
Lesson 2 of 5

Objective: Students will be able to write a topic sentence on the subject of their name and they will write a closing sentence.

Big Idea: To prepare them for writing we need to work on topic and closing sentences. By using the details of their name, students will work on a topic sentence that catches the readers attention and they will write a closing sentence stating their opinion.

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