When teaching math, we teach our students new skills, give them practice opportunities in class, and send them home with even more practice for homework. This makes me wonder….”Why don’t we do the same for writing?” This idea motivated me to start incorporating Weekly Paragraph Writing Homework into my classroom. This same system can also be used for Morning Work, Centers, Interactive Notebooks, or anytime you want to give your students some quality paragraph writing practice. Here is how it works…
- A Writing Prompt – Writing prompts give students direction on where to go with their writing. I don’t like writing prompts that are just one or two sentences long. The prompts I give my students are high-interest and really get them thinking about the topic. A MUST!
- Brainstorming – It’s only a paragraph, so I don’t require a huge planning sheet. However, I DO want my students to collect ideas on a topic before writing.
- Reminders – If I want to reinforce what I am teaching in class, I must have a place that reminds my students what they should be working towards as they write.
**As I teach my students different writing strategies in class, I expect them to incorporate these into their Paragraph of the Week assignment.
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The Benefits of “Paragraph of the Week”
After using this resource for a few weeks, I began to see my students’ quality of writing improve. They were now getting more opportunities to use the strategies I taught them in class, and they were benefiting from the weekly feedback they were getting from me. I found it much easier to provide individual feedback on a paragraph, rather than a long paper.
More About Paragraph of the Week
My Paragraph of the Week resource requires almost NO prep! Simply cut the sheets in half and you are done! Each genre is color-coded to help students know what they are writing. Also, ALL pages are completely EDITABLE. That means you can change ANY text you want. Plus, use the included template to make your own cards. 🙂
I now include 60 writing prompt cards that each come with a high-interest writing prompt, room for brainstorming, a reminder checklist, and a final drafting space.
You also get 3 optional drafting pages to help you differentiate and a rubric to help you quickly grade when necessary.
Guess What!? You can now go 100% DIGITAL with Paragraph of the Week!
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