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

A Sentence-Composing Approach

By Donald Killgallon, Jenny Killgallon

Using subjects, predicates, and sentence composing tools, students learn and practice what good sentences look like before moving on to imitate strong paragraphs written by established authors —their “fitness trainers in writing.”

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Don and Jenny Killgallons’ bestselling sentence-composing approach has successfully taught upper-elementary students to write mature and varied sentences through imitating C.S. Lewis, Jerry Spinelli, Suzanne Collins, Gary Paulsen, J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Paolini, Rick Riordan, J. K. Rowling, and many others. Now, in this worktext, the Killgallons take the approach a step further by teaching upper-elementary students to build paragraphs.

Using subjects, predicates, and sentence composing tools, students learn and practice what good sentences look like before moving on to imitate strong paragraphs written by established authors —their “fitness trainers in writing.”

The activities in this worktext help students:
·   learn and use the sentence-composing tools that foster elaboration in paragraphs
·   recognize and imitate how their favorite authors build sentences and paragraphs
·   practice composing paragraphs for different purposes.

With well-known and well-loved authors as their mentors, students build confidence as their writing becomes more meaningful and mature.

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

Contents

1. Paragraph Training Program
2. Paragraph Primer
3. Paragraph Links
4. Basic Sentence Parts
5. Sentence-Composing Tools
6. Chunking Sentences
7. Imitating Sentences
8. Unscrambling Sentences
9. Varying Paragraphs
10. Imitating Paragraphs
11. Unscrambling Paragraphs
12. Putting Paragraphs to Work
13. Adding Pizzazz
14. Partying with Sentences and Paragraphs
15. Thanking Your Writing Fitness Trainers

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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