Writing a paragraph. That doesn't seem like it should be that difficult. So why, then, do do many students dread it? How is it that we can teach our students all about writing, and they can't create a simple, smooth flowing, 5 sentence paragraph? The answer may be not one we, as parents and teachers, are willing to confess.

We are not teaching them the right techniques to accomplish the task we require them to complete. It's the plain and simple truth. And it's unfortunate. One of my reasons for this is because it's something we've all been doing for years, and maybe not even well, and we've formulated this hypothesis that if we can do it easily, they should be able to get it easily. Why do we think this? Probably because we just need a lightbulb moment. Our kids need proper, clear training in order to do anything. We all do. This means we must take the time and give attention to teaching the skills for writing a paragraph or an essay before we assign a 2000 word paper : ^ )

How can we do this? What tools are available to us that can help us break the steps down into an easy to understand format? I have an answer that may be just what you're looking for.

Create Better Writers is a company that has created materials that will help your student become a better writer. These products have easy to follow steps for you and your student. 

As members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, we received 3 of Create Better Writers products: How To Teach the ParagraphHow To Teach the Five Paragraph Essay, & The Home School Writing Action Plan. The following is a breakdown of each. You will see that using these can guide you to help your child become a better writer.
How To Write a Paragraph is the primary guide for students in Grades 3 and up. The paragraph is the basic element of an essay but it's importance is often overlooked. If the writer doesn't formulate the paragraphs correctly, the reader isn't going to be able to follow along and will quickly lose interest in the whole story or essay.

Create Better Writers offers one simple trick to students that will help them master the paragraph.

That plan includes the fundamentals of a paragraph.:

Throughout the ebook, your student will learn 11 steps from the basics all the way to writing the perfect paragraph. This can be purchased for $7.99

How To Teach The Five-Paragraph Essay takes your student to the next level in his writing abilities.

Create Better Writers states "The teacher is given everything needed to help students master essay writing. Students will be able to organize their ideas, then format and write a five-paragraph essay in about an hour. Every student will be prepared for any class, district, or state writing test." (Create Better Writers)

Below you can see the table of contents and a sample page. Your student is given everything she needs to learn great techniques for writing an awesome essasy.

How To Teach The 5-Paragraph Essay
How To Teach The 5-Paragraph Essay

The Home School Writing Action Plan guides you through teaching your students to write effectively. 

Part 1 is a summary of all the steps you and your student will be taking. It's a guide to help you know where you are and where you are going.

Part 2 is pacing charts. These charts will help you set the right pace for your student.

And Part 3 is the road map. This section "points out 
key aspects of each section and provides sample worksheets and lesson plans". It will help you implement the plan using the curriculum you have.

With The Home School Writing Action Plan your student will learn:
  • How to write Strong Essays
  • How to write a Research Report
  • How to Write Great Stories
  • How to Write Intelligent Descriptive Sentences
  • Have a Well Developed Vocabulary
  • Be Completely Prepared for the SAT/ACT Writing College Exam

Below are two pages of this magnificent book. You can click them to enlarge.

Home School Writing Action Plan
Home School Writing Action Plan
I loved each of these products. The steps are easy to follow and not complicated. My son has been a struggling reader and his writing has fallen behind because of it. I can really see the benefits of these products because they allowed me to show him in easy step formation how to create a paragraph and finally an essay. I think you will like it, too
Disclaimer: I received this e-products free as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew  with the sole purpose of providing an honest review after using them. For more information on this, please see my disclaimer.


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