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Paragraph Punch 
Helps students learn different ways to write a paragraph.

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Helps students develop their paragraph writing skills. Students learn how to write an effective paragraph -- developed by reason, detail, sequence, example, and cause and effect.

Choosing from a menu of topics, students are guided to develop an idea, and to write their own topic sentence, body, and conclusion. Steps include pre-writing, writing, organizing, revising, rewriting, and publishing.

Teachers can monitor their students' progress in the record management system.

Designed for students in grades 5 through 10 (ages 10 and up), the software can also be used by English language learners and adult students.

“Excellent software! Provides step-by-step writing instruction. Students are able to see their work along with suggestions for development.”
- Great Bridge Middle School, South Chesapeake, VA
Paragraph Punch, Skill Levels 5 - 10
  • The program contains 15 writing topics and 1,548 help prompts to
    guide students through each step in the writing process.
  • Contextual help and feedback engage students of all ages.
  • All student work is stored in the Teacher Program Manager.

Students will...

  • Use pre-writing strategies for different writing tasks.
  • Write clear descriptive sentences.
  • Focus writing on a central idea or topic.
  • Use supporting ideas, detail, and facts to develop and elaborate on a topic.
  • Proofread to correct conventional errors in mechanics, usage, and punctuation.

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Track students' progress with Merit's Teacher Program Manager, included with this program at no extra charge.
All versions of this Merit Software Windows 2000/2003/XP program require 8 MB RAM and 32 MB hard disk space. This program requires a minimum screen resolution of 800 by 600 pixels. Windows Vista and Windows 7 users may run this program in Windows XP mode.


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Paragraph Punch - $69.00

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Home Version $69.00 Use on one computer. Record keeping for 2 students
1 Station: Stand-alone $199.00 Use on one computer. Record keeping for 42 students
5 Pack: 1 Station: Stand-alone $699.00 Use a 1 Station: Stand-alone version on up to 5 separate computers (non-networkable)
5 Stations: Networkable $1,249.00 Use on a network with 5 concurrent users. Record keeping for 1,000 students
10 Stations: Networkable $2,125.00 Use on a network with 10 concurrent users. Record keeping for 1,000 students
Site License Contact Us Use on a network with more than 10 concurrent users. Record keeping for 1,000 students
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