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Describe something you are passionate about in one paragraph.
This could be an object, idea, or person.
Clear, topic sentence
3-4 supporting ideas
Elaboration and details for each of the supporting sentences
Strong concluding statement (either emphatic statement, quote, or call to action)
Pre Write: fill out pre-write paragraph worksheet
1st Draft: conference with students while writing this
Self-Edit: Using the markers, make editing and revision changes
2nd Draft: Conference with me
Final: Handwritten or typed version turned in with 2nd draft and sticky note
Publication: Save one copy to put on your passion poster.
Fill out this paragraph template worksheet. Ignore the assignment description, you are using this form to help plan your passion paragraph.
Here is my example of my pre-write for my passion paragraph:
PASSION PARAGRAPH RUBRIC.doc
[Often little kids play school—fighting over who will play teacher. The lure of the whiteboard and being in command urges each child to whelp, “Pick me; pick me.” As kids mature, playing the “rowdy” student seems more idea, but I always wanted to be the teacher.] [
Teaching is my passion
Though teaching is a selfless job, some of my reasons for being a teacher are selfish: by teaching, I get to continually learn more about my favorite things—reading, writing, and technology; and I have an excuse to devour young adult literature at a steady rate. Since, I “have” to read what the kids are reading, and since I get discounted and sometimes free books, I get to enjoy reading and discussing what I read with my students
idea #1 and elaboration
Rest assured, I am not entirely selfish. I also enjoy teaching because I love youth. This age group always surprises me, gets my humor, and feeds my energy. I love being around “troubled” teens, as we are all troubled.
idea #2 and elaboration
But there is nothing better than seeing a teen’s troubled eyes turn to joy when he looks proudly upon his academic success; or turn bright with the knowledge he can “get this hard stuff”; or turn hopeful when he discovers the joy of life. Ultimately, the best and real reason why I teach is because I can make a difference in the lives of others. Education encompasses much more than the ability to read and write, it means teaching others how to be successful human beings. As a teacher, I can help a student become a better citizen, and if we have better citizens, we will have a better country.
idea #3 and elaboration
To this end I have dedicated myself and will continue to dedicate myself to my job, no, my passion: teaching.
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