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Assignment Sheet

Passion Paragraph
Topic: Describe something you are passionate about in one paragraph.
This could be an object, idea, or person.

Assignment Requirements
  • Hook
  • 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)

Assignment Components

  • 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.

Pre-Write Template

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:


Madsen Example

[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.] [hook] Teaching is my passion. (topic sentence) 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. (concluding sentence)