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 classmates.

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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Written by Bryan Cohen

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