When one graph just isn't going to cut it you'll need a paragraph...paragraph-s...? This lesson is about paragraphs.
|3rd Grade||Language Arts|
|Elementary and Middle School||3rd Grade|
The one on the left is a paragraph.
The one on the right is a terrifying, haphazard mass of words that would make any English
teacher scream in horror. [Teacher looking terrified]
It’s important to recognize and understand what makes for a solid paragraph.
You’re gonna need to be able to formulate your thoughts this way for the rest of your life. [Sign showing paragraphs at every turn]
You won’t always be able to communicate via abbreviations and emojis…
All right, so…what are the important parts of a paragraph? [Coop pointing at a blackboard]
Well, right off the bat, we always start with a topic sentence.
Here is where we explain what our paragraph is going to be about.
Let’s write a paragraph about dogs, shall we? [Dogs in a basket]
Our topic sentence will be, “Dogs are a wonderful pet to have in your house.”
Probably not going to win a Pulitzer for this one, but let’s continue. [Dog sat in a suit]
Once our topic sentence is set, we can add supporting details… [Dino pointing at a blackboard]
…i.e. the details that back up or provide evidence for the overall point we’re trying to make.
Since we said in our topic sentence that dogs are wonderful pets to have in one’s home…
here is where we need to provide details to support that idea.
If we suddenly started talking about how dogs bark a lot and tend to poop inside shoes…probably [Trainers with poop in]
not going to send the right message.
Instead, we could write, “Dogs like to play fetch with their owners.
They happily wait for you when you come back from school.
Some dogs even like to sleep in the bed with you! [The paragraph being typed out]
Dogs are affectionate and love to snuggle.
They can even protect your home by scaring away strangers.”
Finally, we always end with a conclusion.
Here is where we wrap up our paragraph, and express our opinion in the subject matter [Coop pointing at a blackboard]
in no uncertain terms.
We don’t want to leave our readers hanging. [Boy hanging off a branch]
For example, “If you are thinking about getting a pet, I would suggest getting a dog.”
Short and simple.
Kind of like this wiener dog. Look at him. [Picture of a dog]