This morning (7th October) we went outside to play some games which we read from a procedural text because we are learning about procedural texts in writing.
First we got into groups and each group read a different procedural texts that described how to play a game.
Then we went outside to play the games, following the procedures we had read. Each group taught the rest of the grade how to play their game then the whole class played.
The first game was ‘Couple Tag’. The next was ‘Robber-Theif’ and the last game was ‘Wagon Wheel’. We read them from a book called “Don’t Forget Your Whistle”, edited by Peter Meaney.
Here are some things we learnt about procedural writing:
1. They use specific language such as ‘clasped hands’ to describe the steps in detail
2. Some procedures use different words as their subheadings, eg instead of ‘goal’ they might use ‘objective’ or ‘aim’.
3. A procedure for a game needs: objective, equipment, age level, duration, number of people/teams, description, diagram
4. The writing needs to be clear and specific for the reader to understand. For example, in one of the procedures we read, it said to have a ball for each team. We thought that it would be better for it to say ‘4 balls’ because we got confused later in the procedure.
5. A cooking procedure is called a ‘recipe’ and sometimes it says ‘method’ instead of ‘description’ or ‘steps’
6. Most of us have followed some sort of procedure before – for a game, craft, building something, cooking etc.
7. A procedure is a list of instructions or steps that teach you how to do something.
Write at least one new thing you learnt from this post.
Have you played any of the games listed above before?
Have you written/followed a procedure before?
What would you write a procedure about?
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