There are four things you need to explain in the rhyme:
Topicthe topic or subject changes
Territorythere is a change in setting or location
Talkerthe speaker changes, usually in dialog
Timea period of time passes, i.e., the next day, later that afternoon
I like to have students glue a copy of the rhyme into their writer's notebooks. I've provided this download for you. Just click on the link to get the document.
After introducing the rhyme, practice noticing paragraph changes with your students. You can use your current read-aloud, the books students are currently reading, or you can select a specific piece of text. I projected it and asked students which of the four conditions the paragraph change met.
The rhyme provides language for you to use when you hold writing conferences with your students. For example, you might say, "There's a change in setting here. What do you need to do when that happens?"
I love tying reading and writing together. Do you have suggestions for teaching how to start a new paragraph? I'd love to hear from you!