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I am about to begin teaching "how to" writing. How do you teach this? Do you have any lesson ideas you can share with me? Or mentor texts/websites?

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Old 09-18-2011, 09:22 PM
 
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I have done a few different things. I don't have a mentor text, but I actually have them make something, then back track.

Give each child 10 blocks, legos, or pattern blocks and make something. Then, they write directions on how to make it.

Bring food to class and have the kids invent a snack. I used Graham crackers, peanut butter (or sun butter if you're peanut free) raisins, marshmallows, etc. Let them choose 2-3 ingredients and make a treat. Then write the directions.

I take a photo of them doing something they know how to do like a back bend, somersault, a turn in the bar, etc. They write out the steps for that.

Doing the activity where you make a sandwich exactly to their directions is fun.

There is a book called How to Dig a Hole to the Middle of the Earth or something like that, which is a cute book. I havent used it for this but it could work.
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Some titles from a list I found online...
Old 09-19-2011, 05:40 AM
 
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This list is specific for 2nd grade.

How to Lose All Your Friends by Nancy Carlson --Introduction to How-To writing
Hungry, Hungry Sharks by Joanna Cole --Writing facts
Apples by Gail Gibbons --How-To models (various page types)
From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons --How-To models
How a House is Built by Gail Gibbons --How-To models
The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons --How-To models
Rabbits, Rabbits, More Rabbits by Gail Gibbons --How-To models
The Usborne Book of Juggling by Clive Gifford --How-To model
Gross Grub by Cheryl Porter --Various How-To models
How To Make a Kite by Scholastic --Listing materials
Writing directions
How To Make a Sock Puppet by Scholastic --Listing materials, Writing directions
Apples to Applesauce by Inez Snyder --Clear How-To directions with transitions
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Peanut butter and jelly
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If I don't have any students with peanut allergies, one of my favorite how to papers I ask my students to write is "How to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich." After students submit their first copy, I read them aloud one at a time and follow each one- literally in hopes to find one paper that can get me through the whole process so we can enjoy a good snack. If a paper doesn't give me enough detail, it goes back to the writer for revisions until I can successfully make a good sandwhich. We laugh so hard when I put the bread on the floor because it never told me to use a plate or I spread the jelly on the table because it forgot to say "on the top of one piece of bread." Have fun with it! Students quickly get the idea and then they work hard on revisions so at least one paper gets us a sandwhich!
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Thanks everyone! Those are some good suggestions. Do you teach them a certain format for writing it?


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