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    By Bonnie

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    I have taught 3rd grade for the last 3 years. The tricks that I use for my students to indent is I have then fill in 3 trees for their prewriting ideas. The trunk of the tree represents the topic sentence and then they write 4 descriptive sentences in the leafy part of the tree. The students know that each completed tree represents a paragraph. I then tell the kids that each time they write using a different tree then they need to indent 3 finger spaces OR dock your boat. You use you thumb and index finger and place the piece of paper in between those fingers and you have docked you boat. My students love this and they seem to really understand the concept of writing in paragraph form. If you want I can fax you over a sample of the tree. Let me know.


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