Paragraph Puzzle Group Activity
***If you are completing this activity on your own, please
arrange the sentences in two of the paragraphs listed in to the
correct order. Rewrite them on a separate sheet of paper.
Envelopes with sentences for each small group
Paragraph puzzle is an activity which will challenge you to use a variety of skills such as
identifying main idea/topic sentence, organizing sentences in a logical order, and
eliminating irrelevant information.
1. Each group will receive sentence strips. Your task is to arrange the sentences in
the best order to create the best paragraph.
2. When groups are done, talk about the following things:
Order of the other sentences
3. Revise the paragraph according to the directions. Rewrite your revised
paragraph on chart paper to share with the large group. Consider making other
Combine sentences to form compound sentences.
Choose sentences to combine to improve structure.
Change the dull verbs to sharper verbs.
Create a title that will arouse a reader’s interest.
Decide how this might be broken into two paragraphs and whether the
writer would need to add any additional information.
Parties at the Palace
British wedding planner Sarah Haywood said: “This was going to
make the most perfect bash of the year.”
Following the morning ceremony on April 29, 2011, Queen
Elizabeth treats 600 guests to champagne and canapés.
Princess Diana had been killed in a car accident in 1997.
Lucky guests at the wedding of the year had the rare honor of
rocking Buckingham Palace—not once, but twice.
Party on, Your Majesty!
Then that evening Prince Charles had lavished 300 close friends and
family with a dinner dance.
In October of 2009, Juliana Ramos, now 24, will lose control of her
car during a storm.
It’s no surprise Chris Medina, 27, handled his recent Idol
elimination with grace.
What would Medina do now?
“There was no news Jennifer Lopez could have given me that was
worse than ‘Your fiancée might die’”, he says.
Surprisingly, most car accidents do not happen during storms, but
when conditions are good.
The former Starbucks employee kept singing, writing, and nursing
Juliana back to health.
She suffers a traumatic brain injury in the accident, and Medina has
played a large part in her recovery.
Singing for Qaddafi
Each of them is hired by the son of Libya's ruthless dictator,
Muammar el-Qaddafi, to perform at private parties for at least $1
million a pop
The pop stars say they didn't realize they were accepting the steep
fee from a dictatorial regime, and that they've since are donating
the money to charity.
The appearances will come under fire in February amid an uprising
by Libyans trying to oust their oppressive leader (just as Tunisians
and Egyptians did earlier this year).
The US is gearing up for a full offensive on Libya.
Their business is music, so why has Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Nelly
Furtado, and other pop icons become entangled in a political mess?
Can Spit Help Solve a Historical Mystery?
The first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic, Earhart has
disappeared over the Pacific along with her navigator, Fred
Noonan, while attempting to fly around the world by circling
Scientists are hoping saliva—which contains DNA—on
envelopes that Earhart probably licks will help them figure out
what happened when the legendary aviator vanishing in July
The seven-decade puzzle over what happened to Amelia
Earhart may have soon been solved.
In recent months, DNA evidence will be used to exonerate
Though the duo's remains will never be found, researchers
believe a bone fragment they discovered in 2009 on the South
Pacific island of Nikumaroro is one of Earhart's fingers.
DNA from the envelopes can help verify the claim.
But first, scientists will try to match the DNA from the letters,
which hand been in the hands of her biographers, to that of
Earhart's living relatives—to confirm that the spit was, in fact,
Now on the Menu: McWeddings
Unconventional weddings—in shopping malls and underwater
theme parks, for example—will begin springing up in Hong Kong in
2006, when it becomes legal to marry outside religious venues.
Unlike in other parts of the world, he says, "a McDonald's wedding
wouldn't be seen as tacky here."
The average Hong Kong couple spent 30 times that to get hitched.
McDonald's patrons in Hong Kong could now order a lot more than
Big Macs and fries.
The fast-food chain was offering weddings at three of its 226 Hong
Starting at $1,285, the receptions are including burgers and soda,
gifts, and a "cake" of stacked apple pies.
Gordon Matthews, an anthropologist at the Chinese University of
Hong Kong, says young people in Hong Kong grew up studying in
McDonald's and had fond associations with it.
Searching for India's LeBron
Among the most promising would be Satnam Singh Bhamara, 15, a
7-foot player who's now at a basketball academy in Florida.
The N.B.A. thought so.
In a country where cricket is a national obsession, basketball and
other sports, like baseball, soccer, and auto racing, have joined the
chase to become the No. 2 sport in India, which will have a growing
middle class and a population of 1.2 billion.
The key to get Indians hooked may also be identifying a
Is India ready for basketball?
The N.B.A. set up youth leagues in India to give its teens more
opportunities to dribble, shoot, and dunk.
It was also taking a page out of its playbook in China, where
hundreds of millions of people became fans in 2002, after 7-foot-6
Yao Ming was drafted by the Houston Rockets.
After Chaser reached the 1,000-word mark, Pilley turned his
attention to verbs, teaching Chaser to "paw," "nose," or "take" an
object—so he could give her basic verb-object commands that
could be a step toward learning grammar.
"How far we'll be able to go, we don't know," says Pilley, "but we
think we are on the frontier."
It turns out, quite a bit—with the right training.
Chaser's owner, psychologist John Pilley, has trained her about five
hours a day since 2004, teaching her two words every 24 hours.
Chaser, a border collie in Spartanburg, South Carolina, has learned
1,022 nouns—mostly names of toys; she has the largest vocabulary
of any known canine.
Pilley says his goal is to increase communication between people
How much could dogs understand?
A new book,