ELA 3: Introduction to Paragraphs

When one graph just isn't going to cut it you'll need a paragraph...paragraph-s...? This lesson is about paragraphs.

3rd GradeLanguage Arts
Elementary and Middle School3rd Grade
LanguageEnglish Language

Transcript

00:20

The one on the left is a paragraph.

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The one on the right is a terrifying, haphazard mass of words that would make any English

00:25

teacher scream in horror. [Teacher looking terrified]

00:27

It’s important to recognize and understand what makes for a solid paragraph.

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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]

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You won’t always be able to communicate via abbreviations and emojis…

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All right, so…what are the important parts of a paragraph? [Coop pointing at a blackboard]

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Well, right off the bat, we always start with a topic sentence.

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Here is where we explain what our paragraph is going to be about.

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Let’s write a paragraph about dogs, shall we? [Dogs in a basket]

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Our topic sentence will be, “Dogs are a wonderful pet to have in your house.”

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Nothing ground-breaking.

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Probably not going to win a Pulitzer for this one, but let’s continue. [Dog sat in a suit]

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Once our topic sentence is set, we can add supporting details… [Dino pointing at a blackboard]

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…i.e. the details that back up or provide evidence for the overall point we’re trying to make.

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Since we said in our topic sentence that dogs are wonderful pets to have in one’s home…

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here is where we need to provide details to support that idea.

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If we suddenly started talking about how dogs bark a lot and tend to poop inside shoes…probably [Trainers with poop in]

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not going to send the right message.

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Instead, we could write, “Dogs like to play fetch with their owners.

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They happily wait for you when you come back from school.

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Some dogs even like to sleep in the bed with you! [The paragraph being typed out]

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Dogs are affectionate and love to snuggle.

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They can even protect your home by scaring away strangers.”

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Finally, we always end with a conclusion.

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Here is where we wrap up our paragraph, and express our opinion in the subject matter [Coop pointing at a blackboard]

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in no uncertain terms.

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We don’t want to leave our readers hanging. [Boy hanging off a branch]

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For example, “If you are thinking about getting a pet, I would suggest getting a dog.”

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Short and simple.

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Kind of like this wiener dog. Look at him. [Picture of a dog]