Teaching students to write an organized paragraph is not always an easy task. Sticking to a specific formula you can follow each time will definitely make things more manageable and effective. The lesson plan below includes a step-by-step process for teaching your students how to write a cohesive paragraph. Instruction is scaffolded to release learning as you progress through each prompt, following the “I Do, We Do, You Do” instructional approach.
Three writing prompts are included in this guided paragraph writing lesson. Each prompt addresses four basic steps of the writing process: brainstorm, organize, outline, write. By the time the third prompt is addressed, students should be able to independently complete all four steps of the writing process.
Prompt 1: My Favorite Food (Modeling, “I Do”)
Model each step of the writing process. Have students follow along and take notes as you complete each step, writing exactly what you write on their own paper.
Step 1: Brainstorm
- Draw and fill in a bubble map that includes eight of your favorite foods.
Step 2: Organize
- Pick one of your favorite foods from the bubble map to use in a tree map graphic organizer like the one shown about a favorite animal in the image below.
- Writing complete sentences in the boxes of the graphic organizer is not necessary. Reasons should be broad, so examples can be drawn from them.
- Color-coding the topic (green), reason (yellow), and example (red) boxes will help students visualize the organizational pattern.