Can a chart rescue poorly written paragraphs?

Do your students have trouble coming up with ideas to put in their paragraphs? Are their paragraphs only one or two sentences long?

Are they a jumbled mess of ideas?

A paragraph is all about one idea. In it, your student will teach something about that idea, explain it, or prove why it is the right one.

In Intro to Writing, Part 4, you’ll find a practical chart to help your student formulate ideas and put them into a credible paragraph.


The tutorial includes one chart filled in with ideas, one paragraph written from the chart, and one empty chart for your student to use over and over again.

Here’s the middle school version of the tutorial. >>

And here’s the high school version. >>

Intro to Writing, Parts 1-3

In Part 1 of Intro to Writing, we all practiced narrowing down a topic. You can find that tutorial here. >>

In Part 2, we brainstormed and organized together. The middle school version is here. >>

The high school version is here. >>

Intro to Writing, Part 3 takes some of the pain out of outlines by using material your students are already very familiar with: restaurant categories and the way grocery stores are organized. Grab it and the free printables here. >>