If you want to improve and refine the sentence and paragraph writing skills of middle grade students, then this book is a "must have." It begins with a brief review of the parts of a sentence, types of sentences, and ending punctuation. Succeeding lessons and activities progress from writing sentences to writing paragraphs and, finally, multiple paragraph passages. There are complete teacher instructions and over 70 reproducible models and student writing forms.
A summary of topics covered:
* Sentences -- combining sentences, adding descriptive details, using figurative language
* Single Paragraphs -- recognizing and writing main idea, topic sentence, and supportive details; 27 organizer forms for writing six types of paragraphs (how-to, narrative, compare/contrast, descriptive, persuasive, definition)
* Multiple Paragraphs -- organizing notes and sentences into paragraphs, writing multiple paragraphs using webs, outlines, and notetaker forms
Exercises with suggested paragraph subjects include: Cleaning the Cage, An Ice Cream Sundae, Creatures of the Sea, My Room, Recess, I Vote For Computers, Friendship, and many others.Teacher resource information includes: keeping writing folders, holding student writing conferences, writing conference forms, and a paragraph skills checklist. Answer key provided. Cute and humorous line art illustrations throughout. All 112 pages perforated for easy removal.