Framed Paragraphs



A Framed Paragraph is a pre-writing tool used to help students develop their writing skills. Framed Paragraphs offer a structure for students to use as they begin to write paragraphs and essays.

When to use

this strategy:

To summarize information

To teach paragraph writing: opening sentence, supporting details, and closing sentence

Essay writing



Develop a frame students can use to write about the problem and solution of a story they read.

Develop a frame for students to explain how to estimate.

Develop a frame for students to write what they have learned about the Great Wall of China.


What does

it look like?

Click here to see examples of Framed Paragraphs.

How to use

this strategy:

To help students successfully use Framed Paragraphs, teachers will need to explain and model the technique on several occasions. The topic sentence is a general statement, which is followed by 3 to 5 supporting details. At the end of the frame is a closing statement. Each portion of the frame is incomplete. Students fill in the missing portions of the frame to write a complete paragraph. By using this tool, students develop superior paragraphs and learn exactly what it takes to write paragraphs.