In January I focus on procedural writing. The best way to learn is by doing, I think, anyways :) Last week each student wrote a "how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich" guide, which can be found here. Today the students were given somebody elses guide and had to follow the directions to make the sandwich. Can I just say they LOVED this?! They also learned that it's important to be very precise when you are giving somebody directions!
I gave each student a dixie cup with peanut butter and jelly to make it easy.
Following the steps...
As the students were following the steps they made comments on ways the writer could have been more specific. What a great way to provide feedback!
And.... the best part... EATING it!