This well-written reproducible book goes step-by-step from learning about paragraphs to the essentials of paragraph construction. Its three main sections are: Learning About Paragraphs, Evaluating Paragraphs and Building Paragraphs. In Learning About Paragraphs, each lesson concentrates on a particular characteristic of the paragraph with an explanation (Think About It) and exercises to reinforce (Try It Yourself). Nine different attributes are covered. After learning about what constitutes a good paragraph, students evaluate paragraphs in light of this knowledge. These lessons have supplied paragraphs along with a series of questions to help the student determine any flaws. The section on Building Paragraphs then addresses constructing a paragraph from planning and honing a topic to writing specific types of paragraphs. In each of these assignments, a model is supplied for reference. Students also practice writing from an interview, writing from notes and summarizing a story. Helpful references, too.
These materials provide practice for developing individual skills necessary to writing rather than focusing on the work as a whole.