I am so lucky to be working side-be-side with the creator of an incredible writing program this year, and this topic sentences lesson is one big reason why! She and a former colleague (who I taught 3rd grade with) created the entire school-wide curriculum, and it is so cohesive! I’m LOVING it. I love having something that I can turn to and an excellent scope and sequence for writing. It’s especially fantastic because, as a school-wide program, the kids build on what they are learning year to year… which is why when I introduced topic sentences, almost ALL of the kids were already familiar with the concept and the types of sentences we use.
You can read more about the writing curriculum here.
We started off with a quick introduction lesson on topic sentences. The Write Now Right Now curriculum has four types of topic sentences they teach, and they are great starters for kids.
|Topic Sentence Anchor Chart|
The four types of topic sentences we teach are If…Then, Even though, Since, and When. They catch on VERY quickly to these types of sentences!
They each wrote in their notebook the four types of sentences (here is a picture of my teacher notebook that I projected on the board). They wrote an example of each and they also wrote their own for a different topic (recess).
Remember, there are two almost identical sets. One without example topic sentences and one with. Enjoy and good luck!