Paragraph writing is a necessary skill that benefits people of all ages and within all industries. This is why it’s important for teachers to begin introducing paragraph writing topics into their classroom curriculum as soon as possible.
Even students who are just learning to write, such as kindergartners, can benefit from understanding the structure of a paragraph. As they progress into the later years of elementary school and middle school, they can begin to create paragraphs that include all of the necessary elements. Once a student reaches high school, they should be able to write a paragraph that has a distinct thesis and also includes supporting arguments.
Below we explore paragraph structure and elements, list out 20 paragraph writing prompts, and offer you some closing works and links to resources.
Enjoy and write on…
Structure & Elements
A paragraph should include the following elements:
- Topic sentence — The topic sentence should ideally be the first sentence of the paragraph and should introduce the topic that will be discussed in the paragraph.
- Support sentences — The supporting sentences should provide additional information that is relevant to the topic and helps support the argument of the topic. Generally, there are between 2 and 4 support sentences per paragraph.
- Conclusion — The conclusion needs to be a short, cohesive sentence that concludes the topic of the paragraph.
20 Paragraph Writing Topics
One way that you can help students practice their paragraph writing skills is to introduce paragraph writing topics. These paragraph writing topics can be used for nearly any type of classroom, regardless of grade level or subject matter:
- Write a paragraph about an important person in history. Be sure to address the topic of the paragraph, such as that person’s career, birthplace or prominent contribution. Use supporting sentences to expand on the topic chosen.
- Write a paragraph about your bedroom at home. Be descriptive, and use adjectives to describe how the space looks and how you feel when you are in your bedroom.
- Write a paragraph about a holiday that you do not celebrate. Use facts within the supporting sentences to explain the holiday and the traditions that are associated with it.
- Write a paragraph about an insect. Make sure to use scientific data and observations to create strong support within the paragraph.
- Write a paragraph arguing your opinion on a controversial topic. Make sure to use factual information to support your opinion, and conclude with why you feel the way that you do.
- Write a descriptive paragraph about your garden. Identify the plants that are in the garden, and use descriptive phrases to make the reader feel as if they are walking through your garden.
- Write a paragraph providing instructions on how to code your favorite game. Be sure to offer clear direction, and don’t forget to use transitional phrases to guide the reader from one step to the next.
- Write a paragraph about a new invention that you would create. Use descriptive phrases to describe your invention and to support the topic.
- Write a persuasive paragraph asking your classmates to help take care of the school better. Offer several reasons within your supporting sentences as to why they should care about the well-being of their school building.
- Write a paragraph describing a recent vacation that you took with your family. Be sure to describe the paragraph in detail, and conclude with what you loved most about your trip.
- Write a paragraph describing one object, but use all of the senses in your description. Include a variety of adjectives to bring the paragraph to life for the reader.
- Write a paragraph providing directions for how to care for your pet. Describe the pet and include the materials needed to properly care for the animal.
- Write a persuasive paragraph about why you should earn more money for the chores you complete for your parents. Give solid reasons to support your argumentative topic.
- Write a paragraph about a different culture. Introduce the reader to this culture through your supporting sentences.
- Write a paragraph describing your favorite view, whether it is the view out your window from home or a fleeting glimpse of a sunset on vacation. Describe the scene in detail.
- Write a paragraph in response to a recent news article that you have read. Use the topic sentence to address your feelings on the news piece, and the supporting sentences to back up your opinion.
- Write a paragraph about an item that you feel your school needs. Form an argument and support your cause with facts and data.
- Write a paragraph about a special childhood toy or memento. Describe why it is important to you and how it makes you feel.
- Write a paragraph about a recent science experiment that you conducted in school. Identify what you observed, what you learned and what improvements you might make to the experiment.
- Write a paragraph about the career you are considering. Explain why you are choosing that career path, and how you plan to accomplish your goals.
Paragraph writing is a valuable skill that your students will use throughout their lifetimes. Regardless of the career that they choose, they will need strong writing skills to get them where they need to go. Both you and your students should always make an effort to keep on writing!
Teaching Paragraph Writing Resources
- Prompt generator with 800+ ideas
- Writing Questions for Kids
- 30 Examples of Topic Sentences (by grade level)
- How to Teach Paragraph Writing — A great
mini lessonthat is a great place to start planning your lesson.
- Paragraph Writing Lesson Plan for Kids — A free lesson plan with a cute paragraph hamburger graphic.
- Paragraph Hamburger Instructions and P
rintables— Simple instructions on how to use the paragraph hamburger in your classroom.
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