Going through our writing samples and assessments, I have noticed that we need to do better at planning our ideas into paragraphs:
The sentences in a paragraph should all have the same idea; they should be connected. If your paragraphs only have 2 sentences in them, you probably need to add a couple more. Remember, all sentences don't need to be long and detailed. You can keep some of them short and sweet.
Here is an example of a fishbone map that we are using this week. Each big bone is the "main idea" of the paragraph. Each little bone is a sentence that connects to the main idea. We planned this together, as a class, so now you just need to follow the words around. Each word needs a sentence or two, to explain it.