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Paragraph Writing – Main Idea & Details Focus

by Jill & Cathy on April 18, 2013

Teaching children how to write a good paragraph can be a difficult task.  We’ve created this set of lessons to help guide your teaching.

Main Idea Sorting Cards   A great starting point to help children understand how to categorize items under a main idea.  Print the cards in color and laminate.  We have three different recording pages – this will allow you to differentiate this center for students.  Recording Sheets:   Beginning           Intermediate          Advanced

Sorting Main Ideas & Details   Print in color and laminate these cards.  Students then sort the cards.  Each set includes a main idea and three details.  You may also choose to remove the main idea cards.  Students sort the cards and then must write their own main idea sentence.

All About Me   Students create an outline for a paragraph about themselves.

My Favorite Animal   Students create an outline for a paragraph about their favorite animal.

A Rainy Day   Students create an outline for a paragraph about what they would do on a rainy day.

Paragraph Page    Have students practice turning their outline into a paragraph on this lined page.

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