I’m really trying to teach writing this year and not just grammar. Probably still won’t make an A+ in this area yet, but I’M TRYING!! 🙂
Our first “how to” directions were on a game of their choice. Yes, I should have started out with everyone doing the same thing and then progressing to choice… I’m learning. 🙂
The 1st thing we did was read different game directions. These were our mentor texts. 🙂
I broke them up into small groups. Each group had 4 sets of game directions to read and discuss. They had to talk about what they noticed for each set. Then we shared out loud as a whole class. I just googled game directions and chose 4-Bingo, Jacks, Tic Tac Toe, and Heads Up Seven Up.
They filled out a RAFT organizer-short and sweet.
Role-What is their role as a writer
Audience-Who are they writing for
Format-what type of writing
Topic-what are they writing about
For this piece of writing it looked like this:
R-game maker A-kids aged 9-13 (If I remember correctly) F-how to directions T-the name of their game
They wrote a rough draft. They used the CUPS method to check/edit. They swapped with a partner and used the CUPS method on their paper. They rewrote for a final copy.
This all lasted for about 1 1/2 weeks since we don’t have much time for english/writing each day.
If I had started teaching writing earlier in the year instead of english grammar I would have extended this so that we could play a few of the games based off their written directions. 🙂 I also thought it might have been cool to have them create a gameboard and write directions for that. Possibilites, possibilites…..
Oh, and by the way my favorite game of the ones above is JACKS!!
Anyone have suggestions for expository writing? How to directions? Writing in general?