TESiboard Non-Fiction – Instructional Writing
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Instructional Writing - a TESiboard Non-Fiction Collection
Pupils first learn of instructions in list formats, such as personal reminders and simple planning notes, and soon move onto writing their own instructions for everyday activities and processes. Instructional writing uses the second person, imperative mood (or ‘bossy verbs’) and often employs time connectives, such as ‘first’, ‘next’, ‘finally’. The correct order of instructions is vital, so sequencing activities are widely used.
This TESiboard collection has three types of interactive activity, covering 8 familiar topics. The resources have sound support and are suitable for many SEN pupils as well as KS1.
Pupils build an equipment list and sequence the instructions for the various topics, which can be printed off as a record. Each item can have a quantity and picture added and the names edited. Pupils select the instructions, changing their order as necessary.
These are presented in the first person, as a personal report. Pupils can change the reports into instructions, by using the imperative.
Pupils review each of the instructions and drag them into order onto the timeline. They can then play back the sequence to check it looks and sounds right. There is also an editing mode, for pupils to rewrite the instructions in their own words.
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