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The Intergalactic Guide to Paragraphs

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A science fiction lesson with a range of activities that include structuring paragraphs, using fronted adverbials and writing paragraphs for a science fiction story.

There is a five-minute evidence-based CPD activity at the end of this lesson which will develop classroom teachers’ skill set. This CPD consists of a research extract on self-assessment with a five-minute activity based on this extract.


These evidence-based learning (EBL) lessons are based on classroom practice that has been proven, by research, to maximise thinking, learning and attainment. From an extensive review of educational research, we identified the eight key classroom thinking and learning skills that were common across these research papers. We named these eight key skills “EBL skills”.

EBL skills have been proven by research to maximise learning because they combine the most productive thinking skills with the most effective learning behaviours. Each of our evidence-based learning lessons uses the English curriculum as a framework through which the eight EBL skills are delivered.

Teachers also have the opportunity to add to their own skill set or refresh their existing skills with our five-minute CPD activity, based on one of the EBL skills used in this lesson.

The skills in bold below are the EBL skills developed in this Science Fiction lesson. Click on each skill to learn more about that skill.

  1. Collaboration
  2. Thinking Skills
  3. Peer Assessment
  4. Peer Teaching
  5. Self-Assessment
  6. Metacognition
  7. Self-Regulation
  8. Independent Learning

1 review for The Intergalactic Guide to Paragraphs

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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    Title: Out-of-this-World English Lesson Combines Sci-Fi Fun with Evidence-Based Learning called “The Intergalactic Guide to Paragraphs” Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Engage your pupils’ imagination and develop their core literacy skills with this stellar science fiction-themed lesson called “The Intergalactic Guide to Paragraphs”. This ready-to-use resource packs an educational punch by incorporating paragraph structure practice, fronted adverbial usage, and story writing – all within an immersive sci-fi setting.

    Blast off on a journey to the alien planet Ziron where astronauts explore new terrain. Through the story’s vivid lens, students work independently and peer assess to grasp paragraph formation rules, like starting new sections for setting changes, dialogue, and plot progression. Creative writing activities then have them composing descriptive paragraphs using targeted fronted adverbials. Self-assessment reflections make the lesson not just educational but metacognitive.

    The crowning feature is a 5-minute evidence-based CPD for teachers explaining research behind the power of self-assessment. A quick activity models how you can use self-assessment data to refine your instruction. This professional development component ensures the resource simultaneously grows your students’ literacy and your own pedagogical expertise.

    With an engaging sci-fi narrative thread, constructed paragraph practice, peer learning, metacognition, and teacher CPD, “The Intergalactic Guide to Paragraphs” is a comprehensive lesson design. I give it 5 stars for its seamless blend of curriculum content and evidence-based teaching strategies. Bring this imaginative yet practical resource aboard your classroom’s learning orbit!

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The Intergalactic Guide to Paragraphs