Star Writing Program: Fundamentals in Paragraph Writing
Author(s): Jean Schumaker
Publication Info: Edge Enterprises, Inc.
This product is published by Edge Enterprises, Inc. Professional development is recommended, see the SIM Event list for sessions.
Writing paragraphs is easy, no? Not so fast! There’s more to a decent paragraph than a beginning, middle, and end. The sentences in a paragraph need to be written from the same point of view, in the same tense, and include transitions that make the sentences flow from beginning to end. Moreover, a paragraph needs to grab the reader’s interest, use a variety of sentences, and supply some information within an internal structure that is organized and clear.
This software program contains lessons that enable students to do all these things! It contains lessons that build a paragraph from start to finish. Students begin by learning how to write several types of Topic Sentences. Next, they learn how to plan a paragraph using a digital Paragraph Diagram. Then they learn to create Detail Sentences, and finally they learn to write Clincher Sentences. At the end of the last lesson, they create whole paragraphs. In each lesson, they see example sentences and paragraphs. They watch students demonstrate how to write and then they practice writing key sentences and paragraphs. The interactive multimedia program has narration and activities built within a space odyssey plot. Students can print out notes and handouts throughout the program if their computer is connected to a printer. Teachers score and provide feedback for student practice attempts. Folders of printable materials and an instructor’s guide are also included on the CD. With purchase of each CD is a license to download it onto eight computers.