Paragraph Book 1: Writing the How To Paragrap

Paragraph Book 1: Writing the How To Paragrap

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ISBN: 9780838826713
Grades: 5-8

Category Description for Paragraph Book Series:

Book One is geared toward teaching students how to write an instructional paragraph using the FNTF formula: First, Next, Then, Finally. The book first describes the How-to paragraph, gives examples, and has students dissect paragraphs using multiple choice and short answer questions. Once students are familiar with the purpose and style of a How-to paragraph, they make their own using provided prompts. Students then learn how to edit and format paragraphs with instruction given on margins, editing marks, and more. Students then edit sample paragraphs. The book then provides various lessons for using correct capitalization, punctuation, subjects, and verbs. Thought content of the paragraphs is then covered and students gain practice in reviewing if paragraphs make sense, correcting ones that don’t, and making more of their own paragraphs. Once students have become familiar with reading, writing, and editing paragraphs, the last chapter of the book instructs students on how to write a whole How-to essay using the same step-by-step process they have learned for paragraphs.

Book Two in the series continues to teach the FNTF method for writing paragraphs, only this time looking at: Writing the Paragraph that Tells a Story. It begins with a review of Book One, covering especially all of the editing steps. Then, in lesson one, students are introduced to paragraphs that tell a story, or narrative paragraphs, and the differences between factual and fictional story paragraphs. The next few lessons teach about using transition words to go from one idea to another, subjects (or the person and the point of view of a paragraph), the right verbs to use and when to use them, titles and beginning sentences, adding speech to a paragraph, word mistakes (missing words, double words, words with dropped endings, words in the wrong order, and words that are simply wrong - do not make sense or are not grammatically correct), and adding openers and closers to make a three-part paragraph. The final lesson in the book takes students from writing a single paragraph story to a story that will contain four or more paragraphs. Each lesson ends with a review and a quiz.

Book Three teaches about the expository paragraph in three forms: the paragraph that names things, the example paragraph, and the paragraph that tells why. Each is outlined and taught separately, and the focus throughout is on clarity, precision, and relevance. Students learn about the three-part paragraph and the number formula, continue to use lists and graphic organizers, develop the different parts of a paragraph, work some more on transitions, learn the difference between facts and opinions, how to use the topic sentence, using quantity terms in the topic sentence, concluding the paragraph, and expanding both the introduction and the middle of your paragraphs. Finally, students are shown how to expand their expository paragraph into an expository essay.

Book Four reviews the expository paragraph taught in Book Three and then focuses on classifying, comparing, cause and effect, and persuasive paragraphs. Students will observe and categorize information from expository paragraphs and then write paragraphs that classify. They will learn to add “backup” sentences to their writing, which provides more detail to paragraphs and also practice writing topic sentences for paragraphs that classify. They will learn how to most effectively group information in paragraphs and how to contrast details. Cause and effect is also explored, and students practice writing sentences and then paragraphs about something causing something else to happen. Students then learn how to write topic sentences that tell their point of view and explore persuasive paragraphs. Students practice writing persuasive paragraphs and then write a several-paragraph persuasive essay. With reviews after each main topic, lots of examples and diagrams along the way, very clear teaching points, and uncluttered pages, the consumable student books in this series provide great help in improving your student’s writing.

The teacher’s guides are a valuable resource. Besides describing how to use the book and giving lesson plans with answer keys to the exercises, each guide provides a quick diagnostic assessment, scoring and correcting procedures, suggested teaching techniques, assignment sheets to duplicate, and quizzes to give students after each lesson in the book. The Paragraph Books are consumable. ~ Rachel S. and Zach

Category Description for Expository Writing - Skills:

These materials provide practice for individual skills necessary towriting rather than focusing on the work as a whole.




Category Description for EXPOSITORY WRITING:

These materials cover various types of informational writing, includingpersuasive writing, essays, outlines, and research papers.




Primary Subject
English/Writing
Grade Start
5
Grade End
8
ISBN
9780838826713
Binding
Print, Other
Edition
Student Manual, Study Guide, etc.
Language
English
Series Title
Paragraph Book Ser.
Audience
Elementary/High School
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Educators Publishing Service
Weight
0.75 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.25"
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I chose this because my son has already done several creative writing courses and needs explicit instruction in non-fiction writing. This book looked like it would help him know how to put his thoughts together in a systematic way that would push past the getting started phase.
Julie B on Jan 25, 2021
To teach my students how to write a paragraph
Sheila T on Jul 9, 2020
I chose this because my son has already done several creative writing courses and needs explicit instruction in non-fiction writing. This book looked like it would help him know how to put his thoughts together in a systematic way that would push past the getting started phase.
Julie B on Jan 25, 2021
To use with a writing group
Francina F on Aug 23, 2020
To teach my students how to write a paragraph
Sheila T on Jul 9, 2020
i used it years ago homeschooling my daughter and now am due to the pandemic am homeschooling my grandson.
Louise M on Apr 16, 2020
My son has learning disabilities and needs writing taught in a simple, step by step approach. This does look to be that sort of thing, so we are going to try it.
Kristie L on Mar 18, 2019
Use this with tutoring writing for dysgraphic students
Sara L F on Feb 15, 2018
To use with a writing group
Francina F on Aug 23, 2020
i used it years ago homeschooling my daughter and now am due to the pandemic am homeschooling my grandson.
Louise M on Apr 16, 2020
Can you make copies of this book for a sibling to use?
A shopper on Feb 5, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you absolutely can!
Do I get all four of "The Paragraph Book" books to use in one school year?
A shopper on May 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: each book is 8 lessons, so you could, but I wouldn't recommend it. We usually take two weeks per lesson and then take a week or two off for other language arts/unit studies. It depends on your kid(s), but I would say 1-2 books a year.
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I would love to see updated versions of these books reflecting the use of technology on writing For instance how to edit using computer editing software rather than by using the editing marks outlined in the books The student still needs to learn editing mechanics but it would be helpful to know how to utilize a word proceeding software to revise their work This may seem a bit controversial but it is the reality for today and many special needs students use technology to help them
March 21, 2012


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