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How to Write an Introduction

5th Grade - Paragraph Writing

❶The teacher should read through these paragraphs before the next lesson, providing feedback for each student.

Develop a paragraph with a topic sentence, supporting details, and a concluding sentence. 0501.3.14

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Drafting the Introductory Paragraph. Download lesson plan Contents Contents: Click to find similar content by grade, subject, or standard. Thank you for your input.

No standards associated with this content. Standards English Language Arts Grade 5 4. Standards English Key Stage 2 Year 5 3.

Which set of standards are you looking for? Select books from your class library that have good beginnings first few paragraphs that really hook the reader in. What do you think an author is thinking about when they write the beginning of a piece of writing, whether it be a story, an essay, or some other non-fiction?

Tell students that you will be reading just the beginning of a few books and after each one you will ask them to share how they think the author is trying to hook them into the story. Read each beginning and follow up with a brief discussion about the hook. Distribute the resource Types of Hooks to each student. Review each kind of hook together, briefly. Have each group share out to the class.

If groups finish early, have them select another kind of hook and create a second example. Distribute the The Introductory Paragraph worksheet that reviews the parts of an introductory paragraph. Have students complete the activity as a class, in small groups, or in pairs. As a class, discuss the questions provided at the end of the activity.

Explain that students will now begin drafting the introductory paragraph of their argument essay. Using their prewriting and the Types of Hooks resource, have students craft a hook for their introductory paragraph. They can write a few and pick the best one. Have them share their hook with a partner or small group. Independent working time 20 minutes. It can be very helpful to have another example handy as they write. Instruct students to complete the Time to Write Your Introductory Paragraph sheet, filling in their reasons and claim from the prewriting they did previously.

Using the mentor text and their completed Introductory Paragraph grid, have them put the pieces together and craft the first paragraph of their essay. Support Work with struggling writers at a side table and work through the planning sheet together.

You may also consider having those students write to the same topic and collaborate on the draft. Enrichment Encourage students to add an additional paragraph to their essay: See that they have crafted a hook and introductory paragraph that is effective and has all of the requisite parts. Have students share their introductory paragraphs with a partner or small group.

Ask for one or two volunteers to share their paragraph with the class. Project it if you can so you can point out the different parts visually. Then students will study the structure of of the introductory paragraph and begin to craft their own. Have a monstrous amount of fun with this series of ghoulish writing activities.

Opening Sentences Writing Practice. Click here to see the entire Writing Workshop series Great Writing Starts with Golden Ideas. Use this worksheet as a tool to assist your young writers in selecting the perfect idea for their narrative.

For example, one of my questions about Abraham Lincoln was focused on his childhood. Did you notice how I used my own research question to write that sentence. Turn and tell your partner a sentence I could use to support my opinion that Lincoln had an interesting life based on my research questions. Students turn and talk.

Teacher calls on students to share responses and adds sentences to chart paper for students to read. Researchers, we are working so hard for this one paragraph but remember it sets the tone for our entire paper. We can now move onto the last and summarizing sentence in this paragraph. This closing sentence is a restatement of your opinion.

Did you notice, how I followed a formula to write my introduction paragraph. This formula helps us as writers to plan out our research papers. Our supporting sentences explain the structure of each of our following paragraphs and without a strong introduction paragraph our paper will not be clear.

When you return to your seats today, you will write your own introduction paragraphs. I will try to check in with each student as you work today, to make sure we are all reading to move on in the research process tomorrow.

Off you go researchers. Workshop Time mins: Students return to their seats to write their own introductory paragraphs using a graphic organizer. This organizer is helpful because it reminds students what needs to be in an introduction paragraph, as well as provides space to write their paragraph. If students finish before the end of workshop time, they may read each others paragraphs and make corrections.

Teacher should collect the graphic organizers at the end of workshop time. The teacher should read through these paragraphs before the next lesson, providing feedback for each student. This will ensure each student has a clear understanding of introductory paragraphs. Although this lesson is formulaic, it provides students with the necessary structure to correctly write an introductory paragraph. Many students lack the structure to write research papers and providing them with a structure will strengthen their writing skills.

Eventually, the goal is to allow more freedom in their writing. Save Common Core Tags Close. Lesson Objective Students will write introductory paragraphs for research papers using a given format. Fifth grade Standard s:


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However, we can follow a format to make sure we write great introduction paragraphs to grab our reader and explain the purpose for our paper. An introduction paragraph has three main parts, an opening sentence, a lead in, and a thesis statement.

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The introductory paragraph of any essay is where you will, ideally, capture your reader’s attention. Whether you’re writing an argumentative, persuasive essay for a debate class or creating a poetic piece of descriptive writing, the opening paragraph should invite the reader in and make the purpose of your essay clear.

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Different Types of Paragraphs in an Essay - exercise - Read an introductory paragraph and identify the (1) thesis statement, (2) context for the essay and (3) limitation of the essay to a particular area. of your introductory paragraph. A simple FORMULA is (state the topic or key part of the question) because of _____, _____, and _____. (Use your thesis sentence paper to assist you in writing your thesis sentence.) 4. Dress-ups: Add any three dress-ups to your introduction. Underline the dress-ups.

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Argument Writing: Drafting the Introductory Paragraph Then students will study the structure of of the introductory paragraph and begin to craft their own. 5th Grade. Writing a good introduction paragraph is much easier when you know what needs to go in it. Think of it like a recipe. You need to gather all the ingredients, put them in in the right order, and check to be sure it’s done.