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Get Cooking With Words! Creating a Recipe Using Procedural Writing

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Alison Morawek

Beamsville, Ontario


International Literacy Association



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Writing is often one of the more difficult skills for children to master. Consequently, teachers are interested in models of instruction that clearly define the components of good writing or the writing traits. Beginning writers also require instruction in producing specific genres to effectively communicate ideas and messages. To give beginning writers a comprehensive approach to writing, this lesson combines word choice—as a writing trait—with procedural writing—as a genre.

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Procedural Writing Graphic Organizer: Students use this helpful handout to assist them in developing their ideas before they write their recipes.

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Read, S. (2005). First and second graders writing informational text. The Reading Teacher, 59(1), 36–44.

  • Teachers tend to place a great deal of emphasis on expressive writing; particularly the narrative genre of writing, rather than expository or informational writing genres.

  • In early elementary classrooms, children engage in narrative writing most often.

  • By teaching informational writing (e.g., procedural writing), educators can help to improve the quality of students' written works.

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