Paragraphs for High School by Donald Killgallon, Jenny Killgallon.
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Paragraphs for High School

A Sentence-Composing Approach

By Donald Killgallon, Jenny Killgallon

Paragraphs for High School gives students new tools to write mature and varied sentences through imitating models by authors like John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Maya Angelou, J.D. Salinger, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, and many others.

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"This series goes to higher ground by zooming in on authors' paragraphs through the sentence-composing approach. Throughout, emphasis is on elaboration-perhaps the biggest area for improvement in students' writing." Don and Jenny Killgallon

Following the success of their Sentence-Composing series and their Grammar: A Sentence-Composing Approach series, Don and Jenny Killgallon present a new series.

Paragraphs for High School: A Sentence-Composing Approach gives students new tools to write mature and varied sentences through imitating models by authors like John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Maya Angelou, J.D. Salinger, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, and many others. Now, in this worktext, the Killgallons take the approach a step further by teaching students tools authors use to build paragraphs.

Using four power tools for building better sentences—the identifier, the elaborator, the describer, and the combo—and five techniques for building better paragraphs—unscrambling, imitating, assembling, combining, and expanding—students achieve a goal of good writing: elaboration.  

Through the activities in this worktext, students--

  • learn, practice, and use tools that foster elaboration in paragraphs;
  • imitate how their favorite authors build sentences and paragraphs;
  • learn new punctuation marks to expand the way ideas can be expressed.

With recognizable authors as their mentors, students build confidence as their writing becomes more meaningful and masterful.

Teacher's Booklet -- guidance for teaching with this particular student worktext, including pacing suggestions and answer key

Contents

  • The Sentence/Paragraph Link
  • Best Sentences
  • Show Me How: Sentences
  • Sentence-Composing Tools for Better Paragraphs
  • The Identifier
  • The Elaborator
  • The Describer
  • The Combo
  • More Tools
  • Good Marks
    • Dash to Interrupt a Sentence
    • Semicolon to Link Two Sentences
    • Colon to Introduce a List

  • Best Paragraphs
  • Show Me How: Paragraphs
  • Imitating Paragraphs
  • Unscrambling Paragraphs
  • Building Paragraphs
  • Partnering with a Pro
  • Your Invisible Teachers

Samples

Companion Resources

Teacher's Booklet -- guidance for teaching with this particular student worktext, including pacing suggestions and answer key

Sentence Composing: The Theory Booklet -- Don Killgallon's discussion of the why of the sentence-composing approach