Take a “bite” out of writing!

Today, I conducted a PD with my co-workers about writing. I reminded them about using the “hamburger paragraph” (top bun=topic sentence, meat/lettuce/tomatoes=3 supporting details, bottom bun=conclusion sentence which “holds it all together”) as a way to help students structure their writing appropriately.
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Above, you see an example of how a teacher used the hamburger paragraph to help her students write short answers on a test. One student even drew a hamburger in the margin to help her remember how to write her answer!
I also enlisted some students to make “hamburgers” for the faculty to get them excited about this idea…
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Visit bakerella to get the details on how to make these cute cupcakes! (Yes, they are CUPCAKES.)  Thank you, Robyn, David, Rinieca, Terralyn, Ashley, Shane, and Ahmad for your help! You did a great job!

For more info on writing the hamburger paragraphs, visit this page for a printable handout for your students and go here (at the bottom) for lots more.

Yes, I do have a chalkboard in my house…

Yes, I do have a chalkboard in my house!

The above photo, while a little blurry, shows one of the clearest ways you can explain writing a proper paragraph to any student. I found the “hamburger paragraph” idea months ago in preparation for a PD with my faculty. I had lots of teachers follow up, saying that this method really works and it has helped their high school students across different subjects get more comfortable with writing short essay answers to questions. I used it today to help my 3rd grader write a two-page paper for her first social studies project. Check out this page for a printable handout for your students and go here (at the bottom) for lots more on these tasty literary treats!