9 Paragraph Sort

Arley Cruthers

Activity Guidelines

Suggested Course Level

Lower level undergraduate

Activity Purpose

  • Students will learn to identify different paragraph types.

Materials Required

  • Paragraph handout
  • Paragraph activity sheet cut into strips (one for each group)

Activity Instructions

  1. This activity can either follow a lesson about different types of paragraphs, or it can be used reflect on readings students did about paragraphs.
  2. Print off one copy of the paragraph activity sheet for each group, then cut it along the lines.
  3. Put the cut-up pieces into an envelope.
  4. Give each student a handout about the paragraph types.
  5. Then, break them into groups of 4 – 5.
  6. Give each group an envelope and ask them to match the paragraph to the paragraph type.

Debrief Questions / Activities

  • After the activity, I ask students what the hardest paragraphs to figure out were, then go over these again.
  • Next, students examine their own writing to find different paragraph types or identify places where they could use a paragraph type to fix a disorganized paragraph.

Additional Resources / Supplementary Resources


Tags: document formatting, hands-on, small group, paragraphs, organization


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