THE HAMBURGER METHOD
This semester at my homeschool co-op I'm teaching creative writing to a wonderful group of 6-8 year olds. It's been a really fun class so far and I'm really encouraged by how the kids are doing. Batman actually told me that writing is his favorite class. I think bringing the "fun" back into writing has had something to do with it. The kids have already learned how to write the following types of poems: acrostic, diamante, bio, and cinquain. It's very exciting to see the children so eager to read their work to the class.
I was searching the internet yet again for a fun yet effective way to teach the kids about writing paragraphs. I came upon the "Hamburger Paragraph Method" and was instantly intrigued. Imagine the five layers of a hamburger like this:
TOP BUN= Topic sentence
LETTUCE= #1 detail sentence
MEAT= #2 detail sentence
TOMATO= #3 detail sentence
BOTTOM BUN= Conclusion
The first goal is to come up with a topic to write about. Write a sentence to introduce/hook the reader.
LETTUCE, MEAT, & TOMATO
The three middle detail sentences give reasons, facts, explanations, etc. about the topic.
This sentence provides for a brief summary of the topic sentence.
I found a great worksheet for free to use when teaching this method. The kids seemed to really grasp how to write a paragraph with all five necessary components. I can't wait to hear their stories during class next week.