"See a need, fill a need". This quote from the movie Robots is what has inspired me to create this quick and simple writing guide for my students. Just as the topic and closing sentences cause the most problems for young writers as I addressed with the guides below:
-How to Write an Awesome Topic Sentence!
-How to Write a Closing Sentence
-Writing Awesome Opening and Closing Sentences Bundle Pack
In regards to essays, the opening and closing paragraphs seem to cause the most strife with my adolescent writers. Based on my observations, I’ve started with the closing paragraph, since it seems to cause more issues than the opening. The process I follow with may own classes is as follows (and is included in guide):
My suggestions for using this guide are as follows:
1. Drive home the three key elements of a closing paragraph. There are a few more
elements, but I’ve chosen to focus on the three, which can make the greatest and quickest
difference, in my opinion.
2. Complete the Template Activity (notice the color-coding to help your students focus on the
key element components.
Note: I’ve included a few templates from my Closing Sentences Unit Guide for you to use
when completing the closing sentence form I’ve recommended.
3. Complete the Interactive Activity
4. Write out the completed closing paragraph on the writing template.
Mark my words, just as my topic sentence and closing sentence guides helped my students . . . this newest guide will be no different. There's no doubt it will improve a student's understanding and ability to construct a closing paragraph.
Total pages in guide: 56