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Bite-Size Writing: The Hamburger Method

Software: Canva
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Grade 2 learners will embark on an exciting journey to discover the art of paragraph writing through the delightful Hamburger Method. We'll explore each layer of a paragraph, from the juicy main idea to the supporting details and concluding sentence. To cap off our learning adventure, learners will showcase their newfound skills by creating visually appealing paragraphs using Canva.

 Lesson Overview



Activity Objectives

Opening Activity

In the opening activity, through "Think, Pair, Share," learners will discuss their experiences with making or eating hamburgers. They will focus on identifying the different ingredients that make up a delicious hamburger.

  • Engage students in sharing experiences of making or eating hamburgers through "Think, Pair, Share," fostering communication skills.  

Main Activity

In the main activity, learners will use Canva to visually create paragraphs following the Hamburger Method, integrating the main idea, supporting details, and a concluding sentence for a dynamic blend of writing and creative expression.

  • Engage learners in utilizing Canva to apply the Hamburger Method, fostering the integration of main ideas, supporting details, and concluding sentences.

Closing Activity

Learners will take turns sharing their paragraphs with the class.

  • Enhance comprehension by learning from classmates' interpretations.
  • Build confidence in public speaking and sharing ideas.


Prior Knowledge
Learners should be able to:

  • Understand the basic sentence structure.
  • Recognize common punctuation marks (periods, capital letters).


Lesson Objectives

  • Learn about the hamburger method of writing.
  • Utilize Canva to create visually appealing paragraphs.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learners will be able to: 
  • Identify and articulate the main idea of a paragraph.
  • Construct well-organized paragraphs with supporting details.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in concluding sentences to provide closure.
  • Utilize Canva to visually present their written paragraphs, showcasing an understanding of formatting and creative expression.




Pre-lesson Prep

  • Like all lessons on Eddy, this lesson follows a certain approach. If this is your first time implementing an Eddy lesson, check out our lesson approach for more information.
  • Prepare necessary technology/hardware in advance.
  • Devices (tablets/laptops/Chromebooks/computers) - one per team.
  • A stable wifi connection.
  • Access to Canva draw on each device.
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Introduce the ground rules to learners.
You can check out our lesson approach if it’s your first time conducting an Eddy lesson.

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Display the question: "When did you last eat/make a hamburger?” and take their responses.
Facilitate a discussion for students to express experiences and thoughts on hamburgers.
Ask: "What are the ingredients for a delicious hamburger?" and lead an interactive class discussion.

Expected responses may include recent events such as a family barbecue, a visit to a fast-food restaurant, or a homemade meal.
Common ingredients might include buns, patties, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, ketchup, and mustard. Students may also mention unique toppings or preferences.

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Discussion Question: How is building a hamburger similar to building a paragraph?

Ask students to turn to a classmate, forming pairs for discussion.
Instruct students to share their thoughts on the discussion question.
Guiding questions include:
What are the steps involved in building a hamburger? How about the steps involved in building a paragraph?
What happens if you leave out the meat/cheese/lettuce in a hamburger? What would be the equivalent in a paragraph?

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Invite a few pairs to share what their partners discussed about burgers.
Encourage students to actively listen as others share their thoughts.

What if learners find it difficult to interact during Think, Pair, Share?
Model Examples: Demonstrate a Think, Pair, and share scenario yourself to model the expected interaction. Pairing Strategies: Consider adjusting pairs, and ensuring diverse skill levels or personalities are paired together to encourage collaboration.
How does the opening activity reinforce learning?
The opening activity reinforces learning by actively engaging students in a meaningful discussion about their experiences with hamburgers, fostering a connection to the lesson content and creating a context for understanding the components of a paragraph through the hamburger method.
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Pose the question, "What do you recall about the structure of a paragraph?" to initiate thinking about the upcoming lesson on paragraph structure.

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Draw a parallel with hamburgers to simplify the concept.
Emphasize that, like hamburger toppings/layers, paragraphs include details to enrich the overall understanding.

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Emphasize the top bun as the starting sentence, also known as the 'topic sentence' or 'key idea.'
Define the burger layers as the sentences within the paragraph.
Guide them to recognize that most paragraphs include two to three of these supporting sentences.
Introduce the bottom bun as the ending sentence in the paragraph.

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Guide the students through a detail example.

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Instruct the students to complete activity 1 on their worksheet.
Discuss the answers with the learners.

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Instruct students to complete activity 2 on their worksheet.

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Instruct students to choose a topic of interest and compose a paragraph using Canva.
Present students with various topic ideas for paragraph writing:  Birthdays, dream superpower, If I had a robot butler, my pet dinosaur, magic mirror, If I were the President for a day.

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Ask the learners to familiarize themselves with the user interface then instruct them to start writing the paragraph.

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Method 1: Explain to the learners that they can use the drawing tool to create any drawings and then write the paragraph.

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Method 2:  Learners can use the AI image generator to generate the images they want.

Note: To use the AI features, learners need to login into Canva.

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Magic Writer offers a dynamic tool to enhance students' writing experiences. 
Learners can utilize the magic writer feature to overcome challenges in sentence formulation, spark creativity, and infuse more enjoyment into their writing tasks.

The methods discussed above are just some of the ways Canva can be used. Learners are free to come up with their own methods or combine different methods.

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Learners can look through this example; however, they are free to come up with their own unique and interesting ideas for presenting a paragraph.

What if students face problems navigating Canva?
Peer support: Encourage peer support and collaboration by pairing students who are familiar with such tech platforms with struggling learners.
How can I adjust this section for advanced learners?
Adjust the main activity for advanced learners by assigning complex topics
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Allow learners to share their creations.

Educators may refer to this tutorial on sharing using Canva Education.

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Reflection: Have learners reflect on their experience using Canva.

What to do if some learners need more confidence to present in the class?
The educator can join the team and initiate the presentation to boost the students’ morale.

Understanding of Hamburger Method



The learner shows limited recognition of paragraph elements and their roles.


The learner demonstrates a basic grasp of the main idea, supporting details, and conclusion in a paragraph.


The learner displays a nuanced understanding of the hamburger method, effectively applying it to compose well-structured paragraphs.

Writing Paragraphs on Canva



The learner has limited ability to use Canva features for paragraph creation.


The learner shows an adequate use of Canva for paragraph writing, with some engagement.


The learner proficiently utilizes Canva, incorporating advanced features to enhance the visual and textual aspects of the paragraphs.

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