Strategy

Paragraph Template

Hamburger Chart, Sandwich Chart

UDL 3.2 UDL 3.3

A paragraph template is a graphic organizer specifically designed to assist students in writing a paragraph. In particular, paragraph templates help students identify the components of a paragraph (e.g. topic sentence, supporting details, conclusion) as well as their the sequence and order. For example, in a "Hamburger Chart", the details of the paragraph make up the inside of the template (e.g. meat, lettuce, tomato) while the top of the bun is the introduction and the bottom of the bun is the conclusion.

Ready-to-Use Resources

Graphic Organizer

Argumentative Paragraph Template

Paragraph template to support students in responding to argumentative writing prompts.

Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 · Writing · 1 pages


Graphic Organizer

Narrative Paragraph Template

Paragraph template to support students in responding to narrative writing prompts.

Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 · Writing · 1 pages


Graphic Organizer

General Paragraph Template

Paragraph template to support students in responding to general writing prompts.

Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 · Writing · 1 pages


Implementation Tips

Collaboration
Have students work in cooperative groups to fill in the organizer.
Highlighting Text
Highlight areas in the text that describe facts that the student can transfer to the organizer.

Examples

Social Studies
Use a paragraph template to outline a paragraph that describes the life of scribes in ancient Egypt.
Language Arts
Use a paragraph template to organize reasons for an opinion of a character in a short story.
Science
Use a paragraph template to outline characteristics of a climate zone.

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