• Background
    • Content Area: Writing
    • Title: The “How-to” Paragraph
    • Grade Level or Target Group: 4th grade

  • Pre Planning
    • Big Idea(s): Begin by brainstorming, move on to main idea and supporting details, conclusion, and eventually write a complete how-to paragraph.
    • Essential Questions: Why do writers need to make sure their writing is effective?
    • Objective: Students will learn to write a how-to paragraph(s), including the essential parts of a paragraph.
    • Summative Assessment: Students will write a how-to paragraph on an assigned topic.

  • Lesson Opening Brainstorming:
    • Screen shot 2012-11-09 at 8.59.17 AM.pngInspiro This app is great for getting the creative juices flowing. (I will hold onto this app when it comes to writing stories as well.) Students can use this app if they are stumped on what to write about. Since the how-to paragraph is a bit different than other types of writing, the use of this app will have to be tweaked by the teacher in order to make it work.

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This app provides a step-by-step guide showing how to write a cohesive paragraph, beginning with topic sentence, supporting details and a conclusion. The colorful graphic organizers make it easy for students to learn to different parts of a paragraph and how they go together.

These are apps students love and they can really work for how-to writing. Students make their own toast or pizza with any ingredients they want before baking at a temperature and time of choice. Then of course, they virtually eat their creations! Student can write down the steps they take for making their yummy treats. They can share their writing with peers to see if their how-to’s can be followed as written.

    • Extended Practice:
    • Screen shot 2012-11-09 at 9.04.19 AM.pngMy Pictures Talk This app allows students or teachers to upload photos or videos and add text and audio. Student can practice their how-to writing and with the added visuals, this app will motivate students in their writing.

  • Closing
    • Screen shot 2012-11-09 at 8.37.11 AM.pngTumblr ~ This platform for sharing is great for students to show off their learning and thoughts. There is something about publishing one’s writing for the whole class/world to see! Students can produce how-to paragraphs and post them on the class blog. Students may also add images and video to enhance their writing.

  • Materials: iTunes account and mobile device