High School & College Prep Paragraphs


HS High School & College Prep: Paragraph Writing Overview

This eight-week course focuses on the fundamental unit of essays and reports: the paragraph. Students will learn the parts of the paragraph (topic, supporting, and concluding sentences) and the types of paragraphs (narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive).

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High School Paragraph Writing Course Objectives by Unit:

Unit 1 – The Beginning – What Makes a Paragraph?

Students will understand what makes up a paragraph and will write their own topic sentences.

Unit 2 – The Middle – Supporting Sentences in Your Paragraph

Students will continue to write topic sentences and will create supporting sentences for those topic sentences.

Unit 3 – The End – Concluding Sentences

Students will be writing concluding sentences that reflect the topic and provide a sense of closure for the reader.

Unit 4 – The Narrative Paragraph

Students will write a personal narrative paragraph.

Unit 5 – The Descriptive Paragraph

Students will write a descriptive paragraph using all of their senses to include exciting verbs, colorful adjectives, and vivid adverbs.

Unit 6 – The Expository Paragraph

Students will write an expository paragraph in the third person perspective (he, she, it, they, their), including the topic sentence, supporting detail sentences, and a closing sentence.

Unit 7 – The Persuasive Paragraph

Students will be able to write persuasively using solid persuasive strategies.

Unit 8 – It’s a Party!

Students will write a specific kind of paragraph of their choosing and share it with classmates.


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