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Cooking Up Descriptive Language: Designing Restaurant Menus

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Cooking Up Descriptive Language: Designing Restaurant Menus

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Mobile Apps






  • Assorted restaurant menus

  • General classroom supplies


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Flip Book

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Flip Book

The Flip Book is designed to allow users to type and illustrate tabbed flip books up to ten pages long. Students and teachers can use the flip book for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating question and answer booklets.


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RWT Flip Book

Grades   3 – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

RWT Flip Book

The Flip Book app is designed to allow users to type and illustrate tabbed flip books.


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  • Gather an assortment of restaurant menus from a variety of kinds of restaurants, including a variety of specialty restaurants, ethnic restaurants, chain restaurants, and so forth. You might collect menus by visiting restaurants, or asking students to bring examples. Additionally, check the yellow pages of your telephone book, as many restaurants include their menus as an advertisement. Many restaurants also have menu information available online. Some examples for major chain restaurants are included in the Resources section.

  • Make copies of the Restaurant Menu Planning Sheet.

  • Review the "Menu Magic!" article for additional ideas on how to structure the lesson.

  • Create an overhead transparency of a sample menu that features descriptive adjectives for Session Three.

  • Test the Flip Book student interactive on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

  • Create a flip book as an example, or provide a blank one, so the students can see the layout and format. For this activity, it's unlikely that students will need to use all 10 pages of the flip book, so you may only want to share a 4 or 5 page book.

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