Review: Paragraph Writing Hamburger Style on Teachers Pay Teachers
The Paragraph Writing Hamburger Style workbook
is a free download available on Teachers Pay Teachers. The workbook is
collection of writing tools that teach new writers how to construct and edit
paragraphs correctly. It includes helpful graphics that illustrate the concept
of “hamburger style," space to practice writing, instructions on how to edit,
practice editing samples, and then an “exit ticket" in which the students
summarize their lesson and then practice editing one more time. The activity
also includes two writing samples that students compare and discuss with
There are two significant learning components
in this Hamburger Style workbook. The first component teaches young writers the
proper structure of a paragraph in an effective, engaging manner. The follow-up
“checklist" for the practice paragraph introduces students to editing and standard
editing marks. The second component is a writing comparison. The first
paragraph is an opportunity for students to practice editing using their list
of editing marks. The second paragraph is a much stronger version of the first.
Students are instructed to discuss the two paragraphs with a classmate, giving
them the opportunity to reinforce their new knowledge by sharing it. The final
phase of the assignment is the “exit ticket" in which each student summarizes
the lesson and then edits their summary.
This combined writing and editing assignment
offers an exciting lesson to students who might not know how to edit their own
writing yet. Editing practice is an important part of developing creative
writing skills, and the materials in this free download introduce the concepts
in ways that will capture nearly any student’s interest. The inclusion of
editing marks may seem archaic to some, but editing on paper is a significant
element of student work and the editorial marks are a relevant, helpful tool to
have. The lessons in this free packet are tremendously useful, and Paragraph Writing Hamburger Style is appropriate for the target range of second through fourth grades.
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