SIM Virtual Professional Learning: Canvas Course

The Paragraph Writing Strategy

Research has shown that students who master the Paragraph Writing Strategy consistently produce written pieces that contain topic, detail, and clincher sentences. Their sentences are written with a consistent point of view, tense is consistent, ideas are logically sequenced, and they include appropriate transitions between ideas.

With the Paragraph Writing Strategy, students learn to list ideas related to a topic; plan the point of view and verb tense to be used in the paragraph; plan the sequence in which ideas will be expressed; and write a variety of topic, detail, and clincher sentences.

Register Anytime and Complete the Course at your own pace. 

Course Price: $200 (*plus guidebooks)

Participants will receive the following materials as part of their registration: Access to the Paragraph Writing Strategy Professional Development Course on Canvas, access to digital teacher resources, and two one-hour follow-up coaching sessions.

  • *Note: If you do not have them already, you will need to purchase the Paragraph Writing Strategy guidebooks (student and teacher) separately through the publisher, Edge Enterprises, Inc.)

Registration Step One: Fill out the Online Registration Form

Registration Step Two: Payment

Registration Step Three: Purchase Guidebooks (if you do not already have them) For this session you will need the following materials:

Refund Policy: There will be no refunds issued for this course.

This is a self-paced and self-guided course housed in the Canvas Learning Management System.  We estimate that it will take approximately 6-8 hours to complete.

This time estimate includes time to:

  • watch the brief videos,
  • complete quick experiential activities in the modules, and
  • read the accompanying materials (modest estimate).

Among many individual factors, the length of time will vary due to reading and working speed, or if you implement the lessons with students between participating in the modules. Another factor for time variance is whether this is your first SIM Learning Strategy.

This course includes access to a virtual SIM Professional Developer on Zoom. These online coaching sessions include additional time of approximately 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on your requested level of support.

An accessible version of the documents on this site will be made available upon request. Please contact the KU CRL Professional Development Research Institute, at to request the document be made available in an accessible format.