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How-To Writing: Motivating Students to Write for a Real Purpose

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 40-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Leliaert

Fishers, Indiana


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives



Teacher Resources




  • Computer with Internet access and LCD projector

  • Assortment of instruction manuals as examples of how-to writing

  • Chart paper

  • Overhead projector and transparencies

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Essay Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Essay Map

The Essay Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for an informational, definitional, or descriptive essay.


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Peer Edit With Perfection: Teaching Effective Peer-Editing Strategies

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1. Gather a few instruction manuals to use as examples of how-to writing in Session 1. Possible items include instructions for board games, recipes, and instructions from a children's craft magazine.

2. Be prepared to model appropriate steps in the writing process each session. Steps of the writing process include prewriting, writing a rough draft, revising, proofreading, and writing a final draft

3. Visit and familiarize yourself with the Essay Map. If you do not have classroom computers with Internet access, arrange one 40-minute session in your school's computer lab (see Session 2). Bookmark the Essay Map on the computers your students will be using.

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