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Technical Reading and Writing Using Board Games

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Technical Reading and Writing Using Board Games

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Erin Crisp

New Palestine, Indiana


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Blank file folders
  • Colored paper, markers, crayons, glue, scissors
  • Note cards
  • Envelopes or zipper-seal bags
  • Paper clips
  • Writing Instructions Handout

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Printing Press

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

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.


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  1. For younger students, create several different "game board" formats on the computer. Have enough variety for students to choose from. Possibilities include the following:
    • Boxes or circles could be arranged to form pathways
    • One large circle could be formed for students to work their way toward the middle
    • A "Chutes and Ladders" format or a "Monopoly" format could be used.
  2. Additionally, you may wish to have younger students create some game questions on their own ahead of time to avoid a lull in activity when their groups first meet.
  3. Assemble classroom supplies and make copies of handouts for each group.
  4. Open the  ReadWriteThink Printing Press on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.
  5. For background information on technical writing, see Online Technical Writing: Instructions. Links to the rules for a variety of games can be found at Wikipedia's List of Board Games.

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