Writing Clear Directions

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Students will write (and re-write) directions to build a simple toy.


  1. Groups of three get ten random toy bricks. They design a simple toy using them.
  2. Now, they write their first draft of directions to build the toy. They define terminology as needed.
  3. Next, they practice within their group and with another group of students in the class. They revise their directions to clear up confusion.
  4. Now, they practice with groups of younger students, take notes, and then revise again.
  5. Finally, they publish a final version of their directions.


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