Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Introductory Paragraph Writing

Hey everyone!

Wanted to share a quick overview of how we teach introductory paragraph writing in our classrooms (we've taught 4th grade, up to 12th grade, and all levels in between). This overview should be helpful for whatever grade you are currently making a difference in :)

The basic outline of an introductory paragraph is as follows: TAG (title, author, genre), Summary, and Claim (or Thesis).

This is the first sentence of the introductory paragraph and it should always include the Title, the Author, and the Genre (in whatever order the students choose). It's really important to include at TAG at or near the beginning of your paper, so your reader knows what you're writing about!

The summary is the next 2-3 (maybe 4) sentences of the intro paragraph and it should summarize the text students will be writing about.

The claim is the LAST sentence of the introductory paragraph and should state the student's basic answer to the question from the prompt or whatever it is that they are trying to prove.

It all seems pretty easy in theory, but when put in to practice it can be a nightmare. I swear, I would have some students at the end of the year who would put their claim in the first sentence. It is what it is I guess!

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