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Does anyone have examples of functional text lessons? I use menus and assembly directions and warranties, but I don't think I am doing everything I can. I teach junior high reading.


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In my state, the functional writing standards include memos, emails, business and friendly letters. So perhaps those also fall under the category of functional reading.

Recipes would also qualify as functional text. Advertisements? Do those qualify under your standards?
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Do you use to teach these types of texts? I have always struggled with that. In our state we call them consumer texts.
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To help teach memos and keep the students reading I read the Avi book Nothing but the Truth...it's all memos, conversations, and newspaper articles. They learn about these while reading a story that teaches about making the right choice.

We've also written a menu for the school lunch after looking at a lot of other real take out menus...

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This is a tough one for me and I appreciate the help!


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To add to the money unit and tie in Christmas--we gathered catalogs and sales flyers and plan to do a combination unit on money/budgeting/needs v. wants, etc. I'm not sure yet how it will go--we'll see I guess.
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I have spent years teaching reading and writing with functional texts. If you have older kids, some of the ESL materials are good - easy to read but not insulting (no bunnies or dragons on the pages!) Examples of functional texts:

Sales flyers - plan a meal using a grocery store flyer (did this in science)
Apartment Rental catalogs - another freebie at the front of grocery stores (make up a family, a budget, etc) and have kids find affordable housing
Catalogs you get in the mail - make up a holdiay wish list and let a group of kids go through the catalogs and practice filling in the order form, figuring out tax, shipping/handling
Cookbooks - design a weekly dinner menu using a cookbook (could be vegetarian, involve all of the food groups, sequenced so they are using left overs....)
Get Paper menues from restaurants, make copies and laminate
City Bus schedules - create task cards such as Mario has to be at work at 8 am, which bus can he take?
Employment applications (most are online now)
Rental agreements
Calendars - a lot of kids a cannot read them
Schedules (class schedules, TV schedules, movie schedules, ball game schedules)
the newspaper - chart the weather's highs and lows for a week (each student could pick a city then determine why the citys' temps are different - look at climate?)
State maps - we got a bunch free from the tourism bureau (plan a car trip, specify which sites to see, which cities to go through) most people use mapquest, though
Patients Rights Booklets - check our local medical center for them
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Those are great tools to use. I also use grocery ads from newspapers, classified ads, cans, food boxes, job applications. There are great lifeskills lessons that focus on math skills for shopping, keeping bank accounts, ect...
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Another one to use is maps, having the kids draw a map from school to home. I started my kids off with drawing a map and writing the directions to their "specials" in the school. Some had me running into the walls

I have also had them create a student handbook for a new student, lising all the important rules (according to them) and any tips they may want to share with a new kid.
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