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“The author’s approach provides structure for the expression of ideas, as well as strategies to develop ideas. Her approach also provides lots of repetition and practice with basic skills, which will benefit the student with memory and sequencing difficulties.”
Allyn Cook CA
“I feel the structure and reinforcement of skills is exactly what LD students need in order to develop these writing skills. ”
Mitzi Brown GA
“...Diane Tucker-LaPlount’s Paragraph books are sensational. I homeschool my boys. These books have changed our lives and their writing in just a few short weeks. It’s like a light has been turned on for my 7th grader and now the light will be burning bright for my 2nd grader so the way is lit well.”
Melissa Mulvihill

The Paragraph Book

Strategies for struggling writers
Grades 5–8

By: Dianne Tucker-LaPlount

This highly specialized writing intervention series targets middle school students with learning differences who have not been successful in conventional language arts programs. The series’ step-by-step approach builds writing competency from the ground up—students learn to edit, format, and build paragraphs while mastering 4 basic writing strands required in regular English and content area classes and standards-based state tests. By the end of the book, students are writing complete essays. Lively writing, illustrations, and a systematic approach make this series easy to teach and to use.

The Paragraph Book
series is especially useful for students with weak writing/motor skills who have trouble with handwriting. Through ample practice with editing marks, students learn the material without becoming worn out or frustrated with the process of writing and rewriting. This method has been tested and shown to work with LD students of varying levels, with ELL students, as well as other students. This series is also beneficial for students with organizational problems; the structured format gives them a framework on which to build. Students who have difficulty spotting errors will also find this program helpful. Special attention is given to looking for missing capitals, dropped endings, missing and double words, etc. This is a great aid to those with weak symbol systems.


Skills Addressed
• Process paragraphs
• Narrative paragraphs
• Cause and effect
• Classification
• Comparison/contrast
• Persuasive
• Chain of events
• Editing marks
• Chronological order
• Organizing information in graphic organizers
• Editing
• Revising
• Paragraph format
• Punctuation
• Capitalization
• Checking content
• Author’s purpose
• Balance
• Audience/Tone
• Writing about factual events
• Autobiography
• Transitional words
• Supporting details
• Direct quotes
• Point of view
• Openers and closers
• Writing a story
• Order of importance
• Topic sentences
• Concluding sentences
• Expanded introductions
• Expository essays
• Division and classification
• Functions
• Similarity and difference
• Persuasive essays

Pricing for The Paragraph Book

Item #
Item
Grade Range
Pricing
1–5 6+
Quantity
Subtotal
2671-W1 The Paragraph Book 1
1–5 pricing: 20.90
6+ pricing: 14.65
Book 1: Writing the How-to Paragraph uses the FNTF formula (First…, Next…, Then…, Finally…) to introduce students to basic, four-sentence paragraph writing. From there, students learn how to expand their paragraphs with more details and eventually write multiparagraph essays. Throughout, they are given practice with editing marks, encouraged to use graphic organizers, and provided with ample opportunities to practice new skills. Each lesson ends with a review section, a quiz, and paragraph writing assignments.

Skills Addressed
• How-to paragraph writing (process)
• The FNTF formula
• Editing marks
• Chronological order
• Organizing information in graphic organizers
• Editing
• Revising
• Paragraph format
• Punctuation
• Capitalization
• Checking content
• Author’s purpose
• Balance
• Audience
• The How-to Essay
5–8 20.90 14.65
9671-W1 The Paragraph Book 1–Teacher’s Guide
1–5 pricing: 17.95
6+ pricing: —
The Paragraph Book 1–Teacher’s Guide

The Teacher’s Guide to Book 1 is a comprehensive manual to accompany the student book. It contains an introduction to the series, a page-by-page guide to each lesson, and reproducible resources for teachers to give to students. Information is provided on standards covered in the series. A wealth of teaching suggestions and strategies make this an invaluable resource.

Features
• Quick Paragraph Writing Assessment
• Sequence of activities
• Help with spelling and handwriting
• Extra work for fast-moving students
• Additional multisensory activities
• Paragraph scoring and correction procedure
• Lesson-by-lesson guide
• Teacher’s resource lists of editing marks and cue card questions
• Reproducible quizzes
• Reproducible assignment sheets
• Reproducible progress grid
• Sample student tests
• List of recommended resources

5–8 17.95
2672-W1 The Paragraph Book 2
1–5 pricing: 20.90
6+ pricing: 14.65
Book 2 begins with a review of the editing marks and concepts learned in Book1. Students then continue to use the FNTF formula (First…, Next…, Then…, Finally…), this time to write narrative paragraphs. They explore the difference between fact and fiction, learn alternatives to the FNTF words, add dialogue to their writing, and are presented with openers and closers. New editing marks are presented, and the use of graphic organizers is continued. Two lessons deal with easily confused words and common errors. In the final lesson, students write a multiparagraph story. Each lesson ends with a review section, quiz, and paragraph writing assignments.

Skills Addressed
  • The Paragraph that Tells a Story (narrative)
  • Factual events
  • Fiction
  • Fables
  • Myths
  • Editing marks
  • Transitional words
  • Supporting details
  • Direct quotes
  • Point of view
  • Openers and closers
  • Reading comprehension
  • Writing a story
5–8 20.90 14.65
9672-W1 The Paragraph Book 2–Teacher’s Guide
1–5 pricing: 17.95
6+ pricing: —

The Teacher’s Guide to Book 2 is a comprehensive manual to accompany the student book. It contains an introduction to the series, a page-by-page guide to each lesson, and reproducible resources for teachers to give to students. Information is provided on standards covered in the series. A wealth of teaching suggestions and strategies make this an invaluable resource.

Features
Quick Paragraph Writing Assessment
Sequence of activities
Help with spelling and handwriting
Extra work for fast-moving students
Additional multisensory activities
Paragraph scoring and correction procedure
Lesson-by-lesson guide
Teacher’s resource lists of editing marks and cue card questions
Reproducible quizzes
Reproducible assignment sheets
Reproducible progress grid
Sample student tests
List of recommended resources

5–8 17.95
2673-W1 The Paragraph Book 3
1–5 pricing: 20.90
6+ pricing: 14.65
The Paragraph Book 3

After a review of Books 1 and 2, Book 3 presents the Expository Paragraph. Three kinds of Expo Paragraphs are covered in Book 3: the Paragraph That Names Things, the Example Paragraph, and the Paragraph That Tells Why. As in previous books, students start from the ground up. They brainstorm, make lists, and use the number formula to construct simple paragraphs. From there, they learn how to write supporting sentences with sound reasons, add variety with quantity terms and details, and craft introductions and conclusions. By the end of the book, students are writing multiparagraph essays. Editing and revisiting old writing is encouraged, and the highly structured format fosters success. Every fourth or fifth lesson is a review.


Skills Addressed

The Expository Paragraph

The number formula
Brainstorming with lists
Transitions
Giving reasons
Topic sentences

Conclusions

Supporting sentences
Editing marks
Quantity terms
Sound reasoning
5–8 20.90 14.65
9673-W1 The Paragraph Book 3–Teacher’s Guide
1–5 pricing: 17.95
6+ pricing: —
The Paragraph Book 3–Teacher’s Guide

The Teacher’s Guide to Book 3 is a comprehensive manual to accompany the student book. It contains an introduction to the series, a page-by-page guide to each lesson, and reproducible resources for teachers to give to students. Information is provided on standards covered in the series. A wealth teaching suggestions and strategies make this an invaluable resource.

Features
Sequence of activities
Help with spelling and handwriting
Extra work for fast-moving students
Additional multisensory activities
Paragraph scoring and correction procedure
Lesson-by-lesson guide
Teacher’s resource lists of editing  marks and Check and Correct questions
Reproducible assignment sheets
Reproducible progress grid
Activities on listmaking
List of recommended resources

5–8 17.95
2674-W1 The Paragraph Book 4
1–5 pricing: 20.90
6+ pricing: 14.65
The Paragraph Book 4

After a review of Book 3, Book 4 presents three more Expository Paragraphs (Classifying, Comparing, and Cause and Effect) and the Persuasive Paragraph. In this book, students return to the number formula and use several kinds of graphic organizers to help them structure their writing. Students receive ample practice as they write two complete paragraphs at the end of each lesson. As the lessons progress, students will gain skills that will lead them to the final goal: writing multi-paragraph essays. Every fourth lesson is a review and concludes with important revision of previously written paragraphs.


Skills Addressed

Classification

Supporting sentences
Topic sentences
Lead-in sentences
Compare and contrast
Cause and effect
Chain of events

Persuasion

Audience and tone
Transitions
Sound reasoning
The number formula
Brainstorming
5–8 20.90 14.65
9674-W1 The Paragraph Book 4–Teacher’s Guide
1–5 pricing: 17.95
6+ pricing: —
The Paragraph Book 4–Teacher’s Guide

The Teacher’s Guide to Book 4 is a comprehensive manual to accompany the student book. It contains an introduction to the series, a page-by-page guide to each lesson, and reproducible resources for teachers to give to students. Information is provided on standards covered in the series. A wealth of teaching suggestions and strategies make this an invaluable resource.

Features
Sequence of activities
Extra work for fast-moving students
Additional multisensory activities
Supplemental teaching tips
Paragraph scoring and correction procedure
Lesson-by-lesson guide and answer keys
Teacher’s resource lists of editing  marks and Check and Correct questions
Reproducible assignment sheets
Reproducible progress grid
Reproducible graphic organizers
List of recommended resources

5–8 17.95
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