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Step Up into Writing

This is the writing program we use that


focuses on making the writing process
simple and easy to remember. Students will
become familiar with the 3 main steps in
writing by relating them to colors-- green,
yellow and red. At each level, students
master skills of increasing length and
complexity.

This method is used to


write one paragraph or
multiple paragraph
essays.
Title

Topic Sentence: The main topic of the


composition is stated.

Reason/Detail/Fact : Give the reader a main


reason, detail or fact that relates to and
supports the topic sentence. Use transitions
(First,... First of all,... In addition,... Also,...)
to start these sentences.

Explain/Example: Give an example for the


statement made in the reason/detail/fact
sentence.

Concluding Sentence: The topic is restated


to remind the reader what the composition
was about. (Begin this sentence with
Clearly,... In conclusion,... All in all,...)
Transition

Concluding
Sentence 2 Sentence 4 Sentence 6 Sentence 8 sentence
choices
First of all Also Clearly
First In addition All in all
At the Following In
Then In the end
beginning this conclusion
First Second Third Obviously
First Next After that Finally To sum up
The following is an example of a 7-
sentence paragraph composition:

Pandas

My favorite animal is the Giant Panda


for two reasons. First of all, I like the
panda because it looks so cute and
cuddly. The panda's black and white
body colors are simple, make it stand
out, and look soft. Its sad looking face
makes me want to hug it and make it
happy. In addition, I am fond of the
giant panda because it is endangered.
We all should try to preserve the
animals, like the panda, that are in
danger of extinction. Clearly, the Giant
Panda is the animal I like best.
There are many ways the three main steps
(green, yellow, red) can be applied.
You can see some examples in the chart
below:

Topic, Reason/Detail/Fact, Explain/Example,


1
Reason/Detail/Fact, Explain/Example, Conclusion

Topic, Reason/Detail/Fact, Explain/Example,


2 Explain/Example, Reason/Detail/Fact,
Explain/Example, Conclusion

Topic, Reason/Detail/Fact, Explain/Example,


3 Reason/Detail/Fact, Explain/Example,
Reason/Detail/Fact, Explain/Example, Conclusion

Topic, Reason/Detail/Fact, Explain/Example,


Reason/Detail/Fact, Explain/Example,
4
Reason/Detail/Fact, Explain/Example,
Reason/Detail/Fact, Explain/Example, Conclusion
Exercise
Framed Paragraph:
Use this frame to write a paragraph about
yourself.

____________

There are two things that are special about me.


First,____________________________________
_______________________________________.
Second,_________________________________
________________________________________
_______________________________________.
Clearly,__________________________________
________________________________________
____________.
Framed Paragraph
Use this frame to write a paragraph about a
topic of your choice.

______________

I have learned two interesting facts about


___________________________________.
First,
_____________________________________
_____________________________________
_____________________________________
_________________________.
Second,_______________________________
_____________________________________
__________________________. In
conclusion,____________________________
_____________________________________
_______________.