I am very excited to share my first blog with you about procedural writing. Teaching students how to write and to write creatively while also including all of the technical pieces of the writing process can be overwhelming. Getting students engaged is the first step! I am going to share with you a lesson I did with my class a few months ago.
I gave each student a large index card to write down the steps they thought they would need to follow to make a peanut butter sandwich. They shared these steps with others near them including the details for each step. I collected the cards for the second part of the lesson the next day . I handed out the index cards so they did not have their own card. The student with this new card had to follow the steps listed and make a peanut butter sandwich. As they got started, many noticed that steps were missing or that a sentence needed to include more details to make sense. Students wrote the missing information in a different color on the index card. As students finished and before they could eat their sandwich, we compared the steps they had written before actually making the sandwich and things that were added by someone else trying to follow the steps they had listed. Their conversation and how they encouraged each other was wonderful!
Teachers have used making a peanut butter sandwich in a sequencing lesson or procedural writing lesson for years. I am making this one of my first blog posts because of the overwhelming response I had from my class. I had 100% active participation in this lesson and my reluctant writers began to feel success and take more risks!