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Stupid question, counting paragraphs
Old 11-19-2005, 03:50 PM
 
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We started literature circles last week. Some of my kids are confused about counting paragraphs and I'm not certain how to direct them. When do you start counting the paragraphs on the page--at the first indent? How do you count the text at the top of the page continued from the previous page? Sorry for stupid question, looking for insight.


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You are exactly right. You would start counting where it first indents. A paragraph may continue onto the next page. The first paragraph for that page would be where it first indents.
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What I do with my kiddos, is refer to that as the "first full paragraph" on the page. That helps them to know where I am and also to stop the story at an approprate place. Hope it helps.
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I agree with the above posters but I also tell my students that each paragraph must be 5 sentences long, Topic sentence, 3 detail sentences and 1 closing or transition sentence.
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