10 Tips for Opening and Closing Paragraphs (Video Included!)

10 Tips for Opening and Closing Paragraphs (with a video!)

I love teaching Opening and Closing Paragraphs! By this time, my students have their amazing essays or reports written—and they are ready to show them off by writing poignant openings that draw readers in and closings that leave the reader satisfied.

 

Many of my students are very serious and conscientious about their Opening and Closing Paragraphs (as seen in the video below!), and they make me super proud of their efforts!

 

There are many ways to open and/or close an essay or report. Here are some general tips about opening paragraphs and closing paragraphs that writers of longer essays and reports (four paragraphs or more) should consider:

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Writing With Adjectives: Live Video Lesson

 

[Video] Writing With Adjectives

 

 

Students writing stories this week? Parents/teachers helping kids with stories this week?

 

Follow this “describing tip” we use with our student to help with the descriptions in your writing:

“Only use an adjective that will cause your reader to have a different picture in his mind than he would have without the adjective.”

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Compound Sentences with FANBOYS—Middle School Lesson Video

Video Compound Sentences with FANBOYS

 

There are hard ways to learn things. And there are easy ways to learn things. Teaching is in my blood. Love for students runs deep within me.

 

Those two things combined make me want to ALWAYS teach students the easy way to learn things.

 

Life is hard already. Let’s make grammar as easy as we possibly can. And for sure, let’s teach things that students actually need and use in real writing.

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Writing Boxes: Beauty & the Beast [Video]

Writing Boxes: Beauty & the Beast

Writing ideas. Writing prompts. Writing suggestions.

These are the things that cause children who do not know *how* to write to hate writing.

And it is often what we do to kids in an effort to get the writing. But they do not work for these kinds of kids.

So what works?

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[Video] 32 Organizing and Scheduling Tips From 32 Years of Homeschooling

Welcome to another Wondering Wednesday blog post! I was recently asked to share my top scheduling and organizing tips with a group of homeschooling moms. I tried to be clever and create 32 Tips From 32 Years of Homeschooling….and it quickly turned into like fifty. And I, of course, did not have time for fifty (or even thirty-two!).

[Video] 32 Organizing and Scheduling Tips From 32 Years of Homeschooling

But here it is….let me know what homeschooling, parenting, language arts, writing, Plexus, and marriage questions you have….I’ll make you a *short* Wondering Wednesday video or podcast. 🙂

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[Video] Toddlers & Bedtime

Welcome to another Wondering Wednesday video episode!

This is a special episode as the question came from a young mama who was a student of mine several years ago in language arts and writing classes. When I get a parenting or homeschooling question from a former student, I run, not walk, to get it answered for them. It brings me such joy to have helped these students with language arts, writing, speech, or debate—and now to help them with parenting.

Wondering Wednesday: Toddlers and Bedtime

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