Paragraph writing is a critical foundational skill for becoming a good writer. This paragraph of the week writing resource is the perfect way to get your students writing well-organized paragraphs in a fun and enjoyable way! Learn how I use Paragraph of the Week in my classroom and how to effectively use it to help your students.
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This writing practice resource includes…
- 60 EDITABLE Paragraph of the Week writing prompt cards
- Narrative – 20 Prompts!
- Informational – 20 Prompts!
- Opinion – 20 Prompts!
- A DIGITAL Version created in Google Slides. Created so students can type on the slides, and they can easily be assigned in Google Classroom.
- A PRINTABLE version created in PowerPoint
- Optional Drafting Pages for students to use when writing their 1st and 2nd draft (3 variations to choose from)
- A Revising and Editing Checklist
- A Rubric to use when grading your students’ writing
How I use Paragraph of the Week
Each week, either as homework or as a weekly writing center, I would give my students a “Paragraph of the Week” writing prompt.
- On Monday, students brainstorm ideas for their writing.
- On Tuesday, students write their first draft.
- Wednesday, students revise and edit their paragraph
- Finally, on Thursday, students rewrite their final draft.
- On Friday, I like to collect the paragraph writing activities and allow students to share their work.
Benefits of using Paragraph of the Week!
- My students’ quality of writing improved.
- They were now getting more opportunities to use the strategies I taught them in class.
- Students were benefiting from the weekly feedback they were getting from me.
- It was much easier to provide individual feedback on a paragraph, rather than a long paper.
- Parental involvement increased! For the first time in my classroom, parents were seeing their child’s writing progress on a weekly basis.