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Paragraph Writing

All CCS elementary buildings are using the Abell and Atherton paragraph writing resources.  As we reviewed in our last grade level PLCs, these paragraphs are called the 1.4 paragraph (grades K-1), the 2.6 paragraph (grades 2-3), and the 3.8 paragraphs (grades 4-5).  Each paragraph level builds on the level before, so it is imperative to teach the paragraph structure and allow students time to write.   These paragraph structure is most conducive to informative and opinion writing.  A 1.4 paragraph has a topic sentence, one main point or reason, a support or example for the main point or reason, and a closing sentence, being 4 sentences.  The 2.6 paragraph adds one more main point or reason and a support or example for the main point or reason, becoming 6 sentences.  The 3.8 paragraph adds one more main point or reason and a support or example for the main point or reason, becoming 8 sentences.  In PLCs we discussed highlighting paragraphs to help students understand the structure.  (Yellow—topic and closing sentences– bun; Pink—main points—meat; and Green—support or example for the main point—pickles or lettuce for added flavor)

The structure of these paragraphs support idea development in writing, which is one of the most important skills for students to develop.

Here is an example of a 3.8 paragraph with highlights:

Abell and Atherton

AVAILABLE in CIITS:

The paragraph introduction lessons below are located in CIITS under the lesson title highlighted in light blue.

1.4 Paragraph Intro Lesson:

  • CCS K-1 1.4 Paragraph Lesson

* Lesson includes standards, paragraph outline, paragraphs to highlight, a cut and paste paragraph, and prompt with sentence frames to complete the 1.4 paragraph.

2.6 Paragraph Intro Lesson:

  • CCS 2-3 2.6 Paragraph Lesson

* Lesson includes standards, lesson PowerPoint, paragraph outline, paragraph to highlight, a cut and paste paragraph, a learning target reflection, and a paragraph scoring sheet.

3.8 Paragraph Intro Lesson:

  •  CCS 4-5 3.8 Paragraph Lesson

* Lesson includes standards, lesson PowerPoint, paragraph outline, paragraph to highlight, a cut and paste paragraph, a learning target reflection, and a paragraph scoring sheet.