I was hoping there would be a specific forum for Reading/ELA teachers, but I didn't see one, so I'll take a chance here. I was wondering what people would suggest doing to instruct 6th graders on paragraph writing. My 7th graders have a pretty good grasp on it, but the teacher the vast majority of them had last year retired, so I can't ask her what she did to teach them. Many of my 6th graders struggle to write a paragraph, let alone remember the "parts" of a paragraph. We tried hamburger writing, in which the topic sentence is the top bun, supporting details are the toppings and meat, and the bottom bun is your concluding sentence. That worked at first, but when it's time to actually write a paragraph, they're lost when I ask for a topic sentence. I've tried showing examples of paragraphs, going through them one sentence at a time, as well as having them read weak paragraphs to take out sentences that do not belong. Any suggestions on how to teach 6th graders how to write? I'd love to hear from elementary teachers as well! Much of the feedback I've gotten has been form high school teachers, and they have given me excellent ideas, but I'd like to hear from the other end of the spectrum since 6th graders are still very, very elementary.