Do you start the year with a unit about writing paragraphs?
It’s pretty standard.
But I don’t do it. I am kind of a rule breaker! (I mean, I did just start a sentence with the word “but.”)
In this episode, I am excited to share two reasons that I stopped using a paragraph writing unit at the beginning of the school year.
Here is a little review:
- Paragraph writing is boring. When you start your year with this type of writing exercise, you show your students that writing is going to be boring in your class this year. That’s not what we want our students to be thinking right from the get go!
- There is not one right way to write a paragraph. Some paragraphs are 5-7 sentences long and some are only one sentence long. The length of a paragraph depends greatly on the type of writing!
So why teach paragraph writing out of context?
Instead, teach it during your specific writing genre units. Afterall, a personal narrative paragraph will be written differently than an informational report paragraph.
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