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How-To Writing Project

 

Now that we have spent time in class learning about writing clear directions,  you will write a set of directions.  Here are the guidelines:

Written Portion Of the Assignment:

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Choose an activity that you know how to do very well and that you can easily supply the materials for

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Do the activity, and write down the steps as you do it

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Write up a set of directions that would allow someone who has never done your activity before to do it successfully

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Test out your directions yourself and also on someone else (a friend of family member)

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After testing your directions re-write or revise as necessary

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Test them again if you need to

Testing Your Directions For a Grade:

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Someone in class will be randomly selected to try out your directions

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You will give your directions and the materials for your activity to your classmate

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You will watch your classmate try to do your activity based on your directions without saying anything or giving any help at all

Afterwards:

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Your classmate will give you written feedback about your directions

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You may re-write or revise the directions based on how the trial went

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You may ask to have another classmate retry your reworked directions and be evaluated again

Note:  you may re-do your directions as many times as you need to, so there is no reason that you cannot at least meet the standards for this assignment. 

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