Write a clear and organized introduction
Write a clear and organized introduction

Write a clear and organized introduction

I can write an organized introductory paragraph.

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General

In this lesson, students learn how to write an engaging and organized introductory paragraph for their informative essays. They will include a hook, state a clear topic, provide details, and preview the rest of their essay with a concluding sentence. This lesson presents some different strategies to engage the reader and includes plenty of opportunities for students to practice this skill with a variety of topics.

Common core standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2a
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2a

Learning Objective

Students will be able to introduce a topic clearly to write informative/explanatory texts.

Introduction

Explain what informational writing is and the different parts of it. Then have students read the sample introduction. Students should make observations about the paragraph and discuss. After this, go over the 3 parts of an informative essay: the introduction, the body paragraphs, and the conclusion. Explain that students will focus on the introduction today.

Instruction

Describe a successful introductory paragraph to students. It should include an engaging hook, a topic sentence that tells what the essay is about, some background information, and a concluding sentence. Share some ideas for engaging hooks like a question, an interesting fact, and a famous quote. Go over the sample introduction and identify the different parts that make it a successful paragraph. Next, students will brainstorm some topics that they are experts in. Have them write these topics down. Then they will choose one of those topics and use the graphic organizer to plan and later write their introductions. Students will then repeat this process, writing about an important character from a book or a movie.

Quiz

Check student understanding with 10 questions. Students will read an introduction and answer questions.

Closing

Students spin the wheel and write an introduction about the topic they’ve landed on.

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