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  1. Sort • In pairs, put the story in the correct order.

  2. Think • If you didn’t already know the story, what about it gives away the order of the paragraphs?

  3. Objectives • All will understand what a paragraph is and when it should be used. • Most will be able to demonstrate how to use paragraphs. • Some will understand what a signpost is and will be able to use them to add cohesion to their writing.

  4. What is a Paragraph? • A collection of sentences dealing with one topic or subject.

  5. Why Paragraph? • Paragraphs help us to organise our writing, so that it makes sense and is easier to read.

  6. When to Begin a New Paragraph • When a new person is introduced, a new paragraph is required. • When one person has stopped speaking, a new paragraph is required to make it clear that a different person is replying. • When there is a change of place, a new paragraph is required. • A new paragraph is also used to indicate the passing of time. • So remember, a change of person, speaker, place or time requires a new paragraph.

  7. Tip-Top Paragraphing! TipTop Time Place Topic Person

  8. Demonstrate • Read the story on the worksheet. Add the following symbol where you think a new paragraph should begin: // Now rewrite the story in clear paragraphs. These should be indented about two inches from the margin.

  9. Learning Check • When should we begin a new paragraph in creative writing?

  10. Also Moreover Furthermore Additionally Similarly Firstly Later Next Signposts • Signposts link ideas between paragraphs to create a cohesion in a piece of writing.

  11. Signposts • Can you think of any other signposts that you might use to link the paragraphs in your writing?

  12. Demonstrate • Write a short story about an exciting day you’ve had using clear paragraphs and interesting signposts to make your writing more cohesive.

  13. Learning Check • When should we begin a new paragraph in creative writing? • Write down three signposts that you could use to link paragraphs.