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Outline for Writing a Proficient Paragraph

 

*Paragraph’s main idea: _________________________________

 

*Supporting detail #1:  _________________________________

Further support of supporting detail #1:  (should be using one of the eight detail types listed.)

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*Supporting detail #2:  _________________________________

Further support of supporting detail #2:  (should be using one of the eight detail types listed.)

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*Supporting detail #3:  _________________________________

Further support of supporting detail #3:  (should be using one of the eight detail types listed.)

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Check off each detail type as you use it:   (Your goal is to use at least three detail types.)

¨  Description – gives a detailed description that allows reader to get a mental picture; may connect to the senses.

¨  Fact – something that has been proven and cannot be changed.  ( Example:  February is the shortest month in the year.) 

¨  Statistic – a proven statement that uses a number.  (Example:  60% of middle school students own a cell phone.)

¨  Personal example – a brief story of something that you have experienced.

¨  Comparison – showing how two things are alike or different.  (Example:  November is typically warmer than February.)

¨  Analogy – a comparison between two things.  (Example:  Meow is to cat as bark is to dog.)

¨  Quote – writing down someone’s exact words ( Example:  “This weather is unpredictable,” commented the meteorologist.)

¨  Historical example – telling about something that has happened in the past and supports your main idea.

 


Name:  _______________________________

Published Paragraph Scoring Guide

_____/10            Topic sentence (organization)

_____ /10           5 relevant, supporting details (idea development)

_____/10             Use of transitions (organization)

_____ /10             Personal connection to reader (voice)

_____/10            Sentence variety (sentence fluency)

_____/10            Word choice (word are specific and not overused)

_____/10            CUPS correctness (conventions)

_____/10            Shows evidence of revising & editing to improve the paragraph

 

_____ /10           Conclusion sentence (organization)

 

_____/10            One focused purpose

 

__________/100            TOTAL SCORE

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What is a paragraph – Worksheet 2