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Paragraphs for Middle School

A Sentence-Composing Approach

By Donald Killgallon, Jenny Killgallon

Paragraphs for Middle School gives students new tools to write mature and varied sentences through imitating models by authors like Louis Sachar, Suzanne Collins, Gary Paulsen, J. R. R. Tolkien, Carl Hiassen, Rick Riordan, J. K. Rowling, and many others.

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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: A Sentence-Composing Approach.

Paragraphs for Middle School: A Sentence-Composing Approach gives students new tools to write mature and varied sentences through imitating models by authors like Louis Sachar, Suzanne Collins, Gary Paulsen, J. R. R. Tolkien, Carl Hiassen, Rick Riordan, 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 power tools in four places to build better sentences—the opener, the S-V split, the closer, and the mix—and four techniques for building better paragraphs—expanding paragraphs, imitating paragraphs, unscrambling paragraphs, and building paragraphs—students achieve a goal of good writing: elaboration. Through the activities in this book, students:

  • imitate how their favorite authors build sentences and paragraphs
  • eliminate common sentence boundary problems--fragments, run-ons, comma splices
  • learn, practice, and use the tools that foster elaboration in paragraphs.

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

Imitating Sentences

Sentence-Composing Tools

Tool Places

The Opener

The S-V Split

The Closer

The Mix

Review of Tools

Out of Bounds

Best Paragraphs

Expanding Paragraphs

Imitating Paragraphs

Unscrambling Paragraphs

Building Paragraphs

Your Invisible Teacher

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

Reviews

"After reading it from cover to cover, I can already tell that this book will be one that I frequently return to as I teach my students how to strengthen their writing skills. This book offers a practical, effective strategy for helping middle school students become stronger writers who can learn to develop their own authentic voices as writers."

--Jenny Miller for MiddleWeb