How to Add Topic and Concluding Sentences

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Do your kids struggle with adding sentences to an already written paper?  AKA…the revising portion of STAAR!

I’ve put together a slide show that might just help!  This one is all about adding a sentence to state the central topic in the introduction and a concluding sentence at the very end.

I have been studying the STAAR, and this is what I found to be true after looking at the past 4 years of released tests.

One thing that kids HAVE to understand is that with a central topic sentence, it HAS to state the main idea of the paper.  That’s why many of our kids miss those types of questions…they miss that part!  It’s not a reading test…but it is!  *Sigh*

With concluding sentences, it is VITAL that the reader feels satisfied that the paper is over.  No new information.  No statements that make you think, HUH?

You can download it for FREE here.

I’m also working on one for adding in supporting detail sentences.  Hopefully this helps!

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Comments

  1. Chandria Ridgeway says:

    Kayla, are there copies of these activities without the answers available? Please advise.

  2. Hi! I love this! Do you happen to have the powerpoint rather than the PDF?

  3. Kayla, you are so generous to share this great stuff!

  4. Donna Thomas says:

    Kayla, this was a huge hit with my principal and parents at my writing night! Thank you so much. The parents commented on how useful this is!

  5. Angela Valadez says:

    All along I’ve been saying, the revising part is about comprehension. They have to READ and Understand!!!

    Your ideas and resources have been so helpful! Thank you so much! :-)

  6. Angela Valadez says:

    All along I’ve been saying, the revising part is about comprehension. They have to READ and Understand!!!
    Thank you so much! :-)

  7. Thalia Sobrevilla says:

    Do you have any task cards that goes with adding concluding sentences or topic sentences at your TPT store?
    Can you send me this as a powerpoint? Thank you!

    t.sobrevilla@lajoyaisd.net

    Thalia Sobrevilla

    • Kayla Shook says:

      Hi, Thalia! I have a set of task cards titled: Revising Task Cards: Inserting Sentences, and I’m working on pushing out a game that focuses on this skill, too. I hope to have it in my store by Tuesday. You can search for specific task cards by clicking on the categories on the sidebar of my store. Be sure to follow my store so that you get notifications when I post new products.

      I don’t have the presentation in a PPT file, but if you enlarge the screen, the PDF file works just like a PPT. :)

  8. This is truly fantastic
    Can’t wait to use with my kids. Thank you.

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