Lesson Plan

How to Do School

Every young child (and adult!) loves being an expert in something. By helping students realize that they are experts in many areas, their confidence and writing will expand by leaps and bounds.
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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to write a how-to story that includes at least 3 directions.


(5 minutes)
  • Call students together with their writing notebooks and a pen/pencil.
  • Ask students to think about what it was like when they first started school. What things were overwhelming or confusing? What are some things they needed to learn how to do? As students start mentioning things, list them on the board.
  • Explain to students that today they are going to have the opportunity to help younger, newer students. One way to pass along useful information is through how-to stories. Today, they will write how-to stories to explain to younger, newer students how to do the things that confused or overwhelmed them when they first started school.