We read Dr. Seuss's What Pet Should I Get? We used this graphic organizer to form an opinion about which pet they would get if they had a choice. We have had one lesson on writing a paragraph and this would lead in perfectly for writing another one. We discussed that the topic sentence and concluding sentence should state the same thing, just change the words around a bit.
The children then got to take their paragraphs to the computer lab to type out. They were so proud of themselves!
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