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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
How-To Writing: Motivating Students to Write for a Real Purpose
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Five 40-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Computer with Internet access and LCD projector
- Assortment of instruction manuals as examples of how-to writing
- Chart paper
- Overhead projector and transparencies
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
The Essay Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for an informational, definitional, or descriptive essay.
- How to Succeed in the Fourth Grade: Graphic Organizer
- How to Succeed in the Fourth Grade: Writing Rubric
- Correcting and Proofreading Checklist
|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.