Lesson Plan

Paragraphs That POP!

If young writers can learn how to write a solid paragraph, then they have the building blocks of an essay. In this lesson, students will study paragraph structure and practice organizing ideas into paragraphs.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify the structure of a paragraph and assemble sentences into a paragraph structure that makes sense.


(10 minutes)
  • Select an excerpt from a class read aloud or another favorite book.
  • Read a sample from the text while projecting it for the class to read along.
  • Ask students to pay attention to paragraph breaks.
  • Discuss: How do authors decide when to start and stop paragraphs?
  • This exercise will help students think about the function of paragraphs: what this formatting structure does to organize information, and how it’s done.