Paragraph Writing Made Easy
January 24, 2015 by David John Jones, Jr.  | 
One of the most important things you can do as a parent or teacher of an elementary aged student is facilitate his/her development as a writer. As a dad and teacher, I teach my students and kids to use TS/DE/CS as a format to organize and strengthen their paragraphs.
 
TS: Topic Sentence
  • The topic sentence of a paragraph is the main idea.
DE: Details & Explanations
  • Details of a paragraph are the main points that support the main idea or topic sentence.
  • Explanations are sentences that support or develop the supporting details in a paragraph.
CS: Concluding Sentence
  • The concluding sentence of a paragraph is a paraphrased main idea restated.
Teaching your kids or students to use TS/DE/CS will help them to organize and develop stronger paragraphs. Encouraging them to include transitions when moving from one detail to the next will also strengthen their written expression.