Instruction Books


Why do this project?

Instructional writing – the recounting of processes – is an important genre that is vital to science, business, and art and design. It is also, perhaps surprisingly, a remarkably rich genre, offering children many possibilities for innovative writing and for creating hybrids with, for example, information, explanation, memoir, poetry, ‘faction’ and persuasion. A good book that showcases exactly this is How To by Julie Morstad. Children can write instructions for a number of reasons: to share their expertise with the community; to enable others to take part in pleasurable, useful or necessary activities; and sometimes simply to help themselves remember how to do something they have just learnt. It is a genre of writing that they can stretch, expand and take in different directions. Why not be enthusiastic, entertaining, ironic, poetic, sarcastic and experimental and let your own voice come through?

This class writing project provides you with:

+ Comprehensive teacher notes:

  • Advice for teachers on how to write great mentor texts
  • Over 20 writing study and functional grammar mini-lessons
  • Suggested book list for your classroom library

+ You also receive our popular and photocopiable child-facing Genre Booklet which includes:

  • Publishing and performance menu
  • 2 mentor texts
  • Revision checklist
  • Editing checklist

+ Finally, we also provide you with our guide to teaching writing to help you get started.

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