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Instructional writing task

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Reading and Writing

In this lesson,

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December 1, 2016

Skills

  • Creativity

External References

Using Minecraft to support Literacy

Guide to using Minecraft to support literacy.

Supporting Files

Student Instructions


Instructions for the students.

Teacher notes


Guidance for the teacher.

Sentence Starters


Example sentence starters, verbs, connectives etc.

World File


Empty build arena.

Learning Objectives

  • use a range of organisational features when writing instructions (eg labelled diagrams, numbered instructions, lists, simple and clear directions).
  • use a range of directives to give clear directions when writing instructions.
  • use a range of time connectives and imperative verbs when writing instructions.
  • write instructions for different audiences.

Guiding Ideas

Context

The students may have heard of YouTubers such as stampylonghead and CaptainSparklez, all famous for their Minecraft tutorials. But what they might not know is that, before uploading their tutorials to YouTube, they plan what they are going to say and do first as well as write down step-by-step instructions to refer back to as they record their videos.

Challenge

In this lesson, students are challenged to build a basic structure or simple red stone contraption and write down a set of step-by-step instructions for others to follow so that they can re-create their build.

 

Student Activities

In this lesson, students are challenged to build a basic structure or simple red stone contraption and write down a set of step-by-step instructions for others to follow so that they can re-create their build.

Students are encouraged to use time connectives and include some imperative (bossy) verbs in their instructions. Some examples of time connectives and imperative verbs have been included to help students with their writing.

Performance Expectations

When writing their instructions, students should:

    • Include a title that explains what the instructions are for
    • Have clear and simple steps that:
      • are in the correct order
      • contain imperative (bossy) verbs
      • use time connectives
    • Contain pictures and/or labelled diagrams
    • Include a list of items (blocks) needed to complete the build

 

Skills

  • Creativity

External References

Using Minecraft to support Literacy

Guide to using Minecraft to support literacy.

Supporting Files

Student Instructions


Instructions for the students.

Teacher notes


Guidance for the teacher.

Sentence Starters


Example sentence starters, verbs, connectives etc.

World File


Empty build arena.