Teach students how to create a
fantastic paragraph with this wonderful "sandwich" idea.
It will allow students to learn the basics and get them thinking
about what is needed to write great paragraphs for any audience!
with writing lines
construction paper "sandwich" (2 slices of bread, a
piece of meat, a tomato, some lettuce, a piece of cheese)
versions of the above construction paper sandwich for each child
ingredients that are essential to making a good sandwich.
Show students the
kind of sandwich you are going to make by illustrating on the board
the "essential elements" in your sandwich, and the order
with which you will create it. Discuss the need for a piece of bread
on the top and a piece of bread on the bottom to hold the sandwich
students to see that a paragraph is just like a sandwich. It needs
an opening sentence and a closing sentence to hold the paragraph
together. Just like the bread, the opening and closing may look
almost the same. They will basically state the same thing, using
Explain that just
as the ingredients inside the sandwich are needed to make it taste
good, the "ingredients" inside a paragraph are needed to
make it sound good. The ingredients inside the paragraph are
referred to as it's supporting details.
Choose a theme
for the demonstration paragraph and write a topic sentence on the
first piece of bread. Think of supporting detail sentences together.
Then write a closing sentence on the bottom piece of bread. Rewrite
the topic, detail and closing sentences in correct paragraph form on
the lined overhead sheet so that the class can see the paragraph
taking shape. Make sure you indent to show students that they must
do this to alert the reader that a new paragraph is being formed.
Give the students
time to create their own sandwiches. As they finish writing
sentences on each piece, staple them to the top of a writing paper.
Have students write their paragraphs on this writing paper in
"sandwich paragraphs" may then be displayed
on a bulletin
board or in the hallway.