Getting to grips with instructions

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By Paul Masonteacher

Instructional writing can provide a rich range of learning activities, as well as good opportunities for young writers to achieve success

Boy in classroom writing

The purpose of instructional or procedural writing is to make sure that a task is followed correctly, and the stated outcome is achieved as smoothly as possible. Instructional writing helps children to develop their ability to follow classroom instructions. It also promotes the idea of chronological order and logical thinking. Instructions are also something that many children will have already encountered at some point, enabling them to bring their prior knowledge and experiences to the writing task, creating an increased sense of engagement.

Exploring instructions through reading

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The Activity sheets, ‘Make a triangle diorama’ feature differentiated instructional writing examples designed to provide for three broad reading levels. Give the children time to work on the questions, bringing the class back for a shared discussion at the end. Thought shower key features of the instructions and create a checklist for the children’s later writing.

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