There is no hard and fast rule about paragraph length, but three to four sentences is a good rule of thumb. The following collection of activity sheets will give your students practice in constructing and understanding paragraphs. Students will read short paragraphs and then be asked to identify topic sentences and supporting details, recognize transitional words and phrases, and define the type or organization of the paragraphs. Answer keys have been provided for the instructor.
Project Idea: Have your students select articles (print or online) and deconstruct selected paragraphs from them, comparing and contrasting how different paragraph structures affect reading.