Unit 1: What Is a Paragraph? Activity 1: Analyzing the Features of a Paragraph


Unit 2: Developing Ideas for Writing a Paragraph



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Unit 2: Developing Ideas for Writing a Paragraph

Activity 2: Brainstorming
Read the topic below. Then decide which of the following brainstorm ideas would be best to include in a paragraph about the topic.
Topic: Keeping tropical fish
1. correct water temperature

a. include

b. leave out
2. keeping fish in the same tank together

a. include

b. leave out
3. not too many fish in the tank

a. include

b. leave out
4. some pets need to be walked

a. include

b. leave out
5. do not overfeed your fish

a. include

b. leave out
6. a filter to keep the tank clean

a. include

b. leave out
7. it is too windy to go fishing today

a. include

b. leave out
8. turtles and the rocks they climb on

a. include

b. leave out
Answer Key:

1. a. include

2. a. include

3. a. include

4. b. leave out

5. a. include

6. a. include

7. b. leave out

8. b. leave out


Unit 2: Developing Ideas for Writing a Paragraph

Activity 3: Brainstorming
Read the topic below. Then decide which of the following brainstorm ideas would be best to include in a paragraph about the topic.
Topic: Learning to draw
1. books about making line drawings

a. include

b. leave out
2. materials needed for drawing

a. include

b. leave out

3. a sewing needle and red, blue, and green thread

a. include

b. leave out


4. paper, pencils, and charcoal

a. include

b. leave out
5. painting colors outside the lines

a. include

b. leave out
6. the doll collection inside the glass case

a. include

b. leave out
7. drawing simple shapes

a. include

b. leave out
8. practice knitting a scarf

a. include

b. leave out

Answer Key:

1. a. include

2. a. include

3. b. leave out

4. a. include

5. b. leave out

6. b. leave out

7. a. include

8. b. leave out



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