(R706) Think Then Write: Paragraph Models and Practice Exercises to help Students to write Paragraphs

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If you are looking for model paragraphs and imitation practice, check out this resource. It contains:

    • 10 models of fully formed paragraphs for students to read and break down; with
    • 10 companion writing exercises for students to write in imitation of the model paragraphs on topics of similar complexity. We have selected topics designed to activate students’ background knowledge of the world. In many cases, they will not require much additional research so that students can focus on the mechanics of planning and writing paragraphs.

This resource can be used on a stand-alone basis or as a companion to Think then Write Volume 2.

Description

To generalise, there are two main ways for students to learn how to write great paragraphs:

    1. From the bottom up: step-by-step lessons on each element, gradually learning how to write and combine sentences to form paragraphs.
    2. From the top down: using paragraph models (examples) to show students finished examples of paragraphs, and then helping students to write their own paragraphs by imitating the model. As we explain here, imitation is a powerful way for students to learn new skills.

Over the years, we’ve found that some students learn better step-by-step, including many students who are:

But other students may learn more quickly by reading paragraph models and imitating them. Of course, many students benefit from a combination of bottom up and top down teaching methods.

If you are looking for a bottom up, step-by-step guide to paragraph writing, check out our Think, then Write Volume 2, which is designed to help students to:

    • identify and write strong topic sentences;
    • add relevant supporting details,
    • write solid concluding sentences; and
    • combine topic, supporting and concluding sentences to write paragraphs.

If you are looking for model paragraphs and imitation practice, check out this resource. It contains:

    • 10 models of fully formed paragraphs for students to read and break down; with
    • 10 companion writing exercises for students to write in imitation of the model paragraphs on topics of similar complexity. We have selected topics designed to activate students’ background knowledge of the world. In many cases, they will not require much additional research so that students can focus on the mechanics of planning and writing paragraphs.

This resource can be used on a stand-alone basis or as a companion to Think then Write Volume 2.

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