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This Lesson's Title:

Emotional Recipe Write-ups

impersonating the voice of a coobook with a creative topic

This on-line lesson was built by WritingFix's webmaster, Corbett Harrison, who credits the lesson idea to his friend and mentor, Sue Martin.

The ideal "mentor text" that can be used when teaching this on-line lesson is any cookbook. Before writing, students should examine and discuss the writing style used to convey recipes in cookbooks

Click here to visit this lesson's author's favorite on-line recipe source.

Teacher Instructions & Lesson Resources :

Step one (sharing the published model):  In small groups, have your students study a page of recipes from a typical cookbook.  Have them create three lists that can be shared with the class: cooking verbs (like bake), measurement nouns (like teaspoon), and food preparation nouns (like bowl or spatula).  Give bonus smiles to students who realize that a word link dash is a measurement noun that came from an interesting verb; there are lots of these types of nouns in cookbooks.


Step two (introducing models of writing):    In their same small groups, have students now look over student models of emotional recipes.  Have your students talk about what the student writers did that made their writing really sound like a recipe might.  Ask, "Where did they succeed in capturing the voice of a recipe, and what did they do to achieve this?"

Step three (thinking and pre-writing):   Away from their small groups, have students brainstorm recipe vocabulary words first, then choose an emotion to write about; use the graphic organizer below to have them record their thinking.  The interactive button games on this lesson's student instruction page will give them ideas for interesting emotions, and they can scroll through some kitchen verbs and nouns they might not have thought of before. 

If you don't have the ability to take your students all to the computer lab to play the interactive word game, you can set-up one computer in your classroom as your "Idea Station," and leave it logged on to this page for your students who are having trouble getting started.  Many students won't need the on-line word game to come up with their own ideas.  When students have their pre-thinking ideas down, have them compose a rough draft of their recipe on their own piece of paper.


Step four (revising with specific trait language):   Two tools for revision are provided below.  You can use one or both, depending on how much time you have to spend on this assignment.

We also have a Idea Development Post-It you can use.  To promote response and revision to rough draft writing, attach WritingFix's Revision and Response Post-it® Note-sized templates to your students' drafts.  Make sure the students rank their use of the trait-specific skills on the Post-it® Note-sized templates, which means they'll only have one "1" and one "5."   Have them commit to ideas for revision based on their Post-It rankings.  For more ideas on WritingFix's Revision & Response Post-it® Note-sized templates, click here.


Step five (editing for conventions):  After students apply their revision ideas to their drafts and re-write neatly, require them to find an editor.   If you've established a "Community of Editors" among your students, have each student exchange his/her paper with multiple peers.  With yellow high-lighters in hand, each peer reads for and highlights suspected errors for just one item from the Editing Post-it.  The "Community of Editors" idea is just one of dozens and dozens of inspiring ideas that is talked about in detail in the Northern Nevada Writing Project's Going Deep with 6 Trait Language Workbook for Teachers.

Step six (publishing for the portfolio):   When they are finished revising and have second drafts, invite your students to come back to this piece once more during an upcoming writer's workshop block.  Their stories might become a longer story, a more detailed piece, or the beginning of a series of pieces about the story they started here.  Students will probably enjoy creating an illustration for this story as they get ready to publish it for their portfolios.

Publishing on-line?  Option 1:  Student writers can submit their drafts at WritingFix's Community of Student Writers.  To do this, students will need to have an e-mail address and the ability to remember a password.  Other students can respond to their writing at this on-line community.  Option 2:  WritingFix is always looking for new student samples to publish and share on-line.  Have you used the prompt on this page to write something you're proud of?  If you are willing to share your photo, grade level, first name, and last initial only, write to us at publish@writingfix.com, and we'll send you a permission slip for you and your parents to sign and return to us.  You might become a published author who inspires other student writers!

Free on-line recipes can be printed at All Recipes.

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