Share these steps for writing a good paragraph with your child:
Think about what you want to say. What question will you answer in the paragraph? What topic will you address?
Write a topic sentence that clearly states the main idea.
Brainstorm details that will explain, describe or prove this main idea. Collect related facts.
Decide which of these ideas or facts will best support the main idea.
Include the facts in the supporting sentences that follow the topic sentence.
Read over the paragraph. Does each sentence relate directly to the main idea? Does the order make sense?
Add a final sentence that ties all details together.
Proofread. Check for errors in spelling and grammar.
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