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Strategies for Writing a Descriptive Paragraph

Uses words that help readers see, hear, feel, smell and sometimes taste what is happening.

Includes plenty of details.


Expresses how the writer feels.

Grade 3, Lesson 1

Strategies for Writing Interviews


Use questions to gather information. Includes questions about what the person is like, what the person does, and what the person thinks. Includes questions about important details Make careful notes of the answers. Include the names of the interviewer and the person being interviewed.
Grade 3, Lesson 2

Strategies for Writing a Paragraph of Information


Gives facts about real things.

Has a topic sentence.


Discusses a topic that can be covered in one paragraph. Includes details. Uses words called transitions to connect ideas.

Grade 3, Lesson 3

Strategies for Writing a Biography


Is the story of a real persons life as told by another person. Begins when the person is born or is very young.

Is usually told in time order.


Gives dates and place names. Includes facts about what the person has done. Uses he or she, his or her.

Grade 3, Lesson 4

Performance Checklist
Yes I read at a good rate No

I read accurately
I listened quietly and politely as others read.

Performance Checklist
Yes I read at a good rate I read accurately No

I listened quietly and politely as others read.

Grade 3, Lesson 5

Strategies of Good Speakers


Adjust voice based on punctuation. Practice reading difficult words ahead of time.

Grade 3, Lesson 5

Strategies of Good Listeners


I pay attention to what is being read. I save questions until after the reading.

Grade 3, Lesson 5

Strategies for Writing a Character Sketch


Describes how a person looks, sounds, or acts.

Tells what a person is like.


Included a topic sentence

Includes detail sentences.

Grade 3, Lesson 6

Strategies for Writing a How-To Paragraph


Includes materials needed.
Include a topic sentence. Include details that explain, in order, how to do a specific activity. Use words that show sequence, such as first, next and then. May include measurements or dimensions as details. Can be followed by more than one person with the same results.
Grade 3, Lesson 7

Strategies for Writing a Description


Uses vivid words that appeal to the senses.
Uses precise words that give specific information about the topic.

Uses different types of language.


Includes a main idea for each paragraph

Includes detail sentences that tell about the main idea of each paragraph.

Grade 3, Lesson 8

Strategies for Writing a Summary


Includes the main idea and key details of a passage. Uses words that help readers understand the exact meaning of a passage. Uses strong, exact language.

Grade 3, Lesson 9

Performance Checklist
Yes
I paused at commas and periods. I used expression. I listened quietly and politely as others read.

No

Performance Checklist
Yes
I paused at commas and periods. I used expression. I listened quietly and politely as others read.
Grade 3, Lesson 10

No

Strategies of Good Speakers/Readers


Read and speak loudly and clearly. Change their voices for different kinds of punctuation.

Grade 3, Lesson 10

Strategies of Good Listeners


Make Eye Contact with the speaker.
Give positive feedback.

Grade 3, Lesson 10

Strategies for Writing a Paragraph That Compares


Has a topic sentence that tells what is being compared. Tells how two or more things are alike.

Uses signal words such as both, alike, and same.


Gives details of the things being compared.

Sums up the main idea at the end.

Grade 3, Lesson 11

Strategies for writing a Realistic Story


Includes characters and settings that could be real. Includes events that could happen. Tells about a problem and how it is solved. Includes a plot with a beginning, a middle and an ending.

May include dialogue.

Grade 3, Lesson 12

Strategies for Writing an Explanation


Gives facts and details about a topic. Starts with a topic sentence. Answers What? How? and Why? Follows a logical sequence.

Grade 3, Lesson 13

Strategies for Writing a Cause-and-Effect Paragraph


Include the cause or the effect in the first sentence. Use key words to explain the relationship between the cause and the effect. May include several effects or several causes.

Grade 3, Lesson 14

Performance Checklist
Yes
I read clearly and loudly. I read at a good rate and speed. I used expression and intonation. I listen quietly and politely as others read.

No

Performance Checklist
Yes I read clearly and loudly. No

I read at a good rate and speed.


I used expression and intonation.

I listen quietly and politely as others read.


Grade 3, Lesson 15

Strategies of Good Listeners


I listen attentively by facing the speaker and making eye contact. Give positive feedback.

Grade 3, Lesson 15

Strategies of Good Speakers


Read and speak clearly, and use intonation and expression.

Make eye contact with the audience.

Grade 3, Lesson 15

Strategies for Writing a Character Sketch


Uses adjectives to tell how a character looks, sounds, and acts. Each paragraph has a topic sentence.

Tells what a character is like.

Grade 3, Lesson 16

Strategies for Writing a Play Scene


Is a story that can be performed for an audience. Includes a cast of characters. Describes the setting at the beginning. Gives plot events. Includes dialogue. Provides stage directions.
Grade 3, Lesson 17

Strategies for Writing a Folktale


Has repeated events.
Teaches a lesson.

Includes human or animal characters.


Is told by a narrator.

Has a long-ago setting.


Has subjects and verbs that agree.
Grade 3, Lesson 19

Performance Checklist
Yes I read clearly with few mistakes. I grouped words into phrases. I read smoothly. I listened quietly and politely as others read. No

Performance Checklist
Yes I read clearly with few mistakes. I grouped words into phrases. I read smoothly. I listened quietly and politely as others read.
Grade 3, Lesson 20

No

Strategies of Good Readers


Speak loudly and clearly.
Chunk words that fit together.

Grade 3, Lesson 20

Strategies of Good Listeners


Listen quietly.
Pay attention.

Grade 3, Lesson 20

Strategies for Writing an Explanation


Tells information about a topic.

Includes a main idea sentence, facts, and details.


Tells the details in order.

Often uses time-order words such as first, next, then, or last.

Grade 3, Lesson 21

Strategies for Writing a Summary


Include the most important ideas.
Use connectives, including time-order words.

Include details that support the important ideas.

Grade 3, Lesson 22

Strategies for Organizing Content


Remember to read your first sentence clearly so that your audience knows what the summary is about. Underline the connective words and phrases so that you remember to emphasize them when you speak. Emphasizing connective words will help your audience understand how ideas connect to one another. Write on index cards notes explaining details so that you can refer to them while you are speaking.

Grade 3, Lesson 22

Strategies of Good Speakers


Use your voice to emphasize the main ideas and important details. Speak slowly when reading information.

Grade 3, Lesson 22

Strategies of Good Listeners


Concentrate on the speaker by looking at him or her. Take notes on topic. Save comments until the reading is over.

Grade 3, Lesson 22

Strategies for Writing Fantasy


Could not happen in real life. Often has animal characters that behave like people. Contains characters who may or may not be realistic. Has events that cause other events to take place.

Grade 3, Lesson 23

Strategies for Writing a Persuasive Paragraph


Includes a topic sentence that states the writers opinion.
Provides reasons to support the writers opinion. Often uses facts to convince readers. Organizes reasons and details into an order that makes sense. Concludes by restating the opinion.

Grade 3, Lesson 24

Performance Checklist
Yes I read at an appropriate rate. No

I used expression to show the characters feelings.


I listened quietly and politely as others read.

Performance Checklist
Yes I read at an appropriate rate. I used expression to show the characters feelings. I listened quietly and politely as others read. No

Grade 3, Lesson 25

Strategies for Writing Directions


Explain how to do something. Explain steps one-by-one and in time order. Use accurate words and phrases. Use numbers or time-order words.

Follow a logical order.

Grade 3, Lesson 26

Strategies for Writing an Explanation


Tells how something is done or how and why it happens. Includes a main idea sentence.

Gives information and details about the topic.


Organizes information, usually in sequence order. Answers questions abut who, what, how, and why. Uses everyday words that readers understand.

Grade 3, Lesson 27

Strategies for Writing a Description


Includes a topic sentence.
Tells what is being described. Uses details to show what made the event exciting and memorable. Shows excitement about the event. Uses strong, specific language that appeals to the senses. Includes a closing paragraph that tells what the event means to the writer.
Grade 3, Lesson 28

Strategies for Organizing Content


Write notes on the order of events in your story.
Think about any questions your readers might have and include the answers to these questions in your presentation. Underline similes, metaphors, alliteration, and onomatopoeia to emphasize those parts in the presentation.
Grade 3, Lesson 28

Strategies of Good Speakers


Use intonation and volume to create a mood of excitement. Express your ideas with vivid words.

Grade 3, Lesson 28

Strategies of Good Listeners


Listen Quietly and respectfully. Listen for intonation and volume and how they set the mood of the presentation. Think of questions to ask after each presentation.

Grade 3, Lesson 28

Strategies for Organizing Content


Create a visual aid that shows both planets. Be sure to make the differences between the planets stand out for the class.
For the rest of your presentation, write each difference between the planets on a separate note card or slip of paper.

Grade 3, Lesson 29

Strategies of Good Speakers


Practice sharing your presentation. Point out the differences noted on your graphic aid as you describe them with words. Use intonation that tells the audience when you are moving from one point to the next.
Grade 3, Lesson 29

Strategies of Good Listeners


Give the speakers your full attention.

Look closely at the visual aids as the speakers point to the differences between the planets. Ask questions to clear up any confusion after each presentation.
Grade 3, Lesson 29

Performance Checklist
Yes
Use intonation to emphasize important parts of the passage. Use eye contact and gestures to engage listeners. Listen to and make connections with the speaker. Listen attentively by facing the speaker and making eye contact.

No

Performance Checklist
Yes
Use intonation to emphasize important parts of the passage.

No

Use eye contact and gestures to engage listeners.


Listen to and make connections with the speaker.

Listen attentively by facing the speaker and making eye contact.


Grade 3, Lesson 30

Performance Checklist
Yes No

I read clearly and loudly.


I used punctuation and intonation. I listened quietly and politely as others read.

Performance Checklist
Yes I read clearly and loudly. I used punctuation and intonation. I listened quietly and politely as others read.
Grade 3, Lesson 30

No