During English class, we learned about Instructional Writing. An Instructional Writing are usually used in recipes and procedures to make them easier to read and simpler. We tried this method on our PE assignment. Our PE assignment was to make our own strategy on Capture the Flag and present it in a way that grade 6 students would want to read and would understand. Here is the link to my overall piece. Puzzling Trees
With Ms Clifford, my English teacher, we discussed on the main points of a Instructional Writing. And these are examples of what we found:
- Short numbered steps
- A picture to show the overall
As we discussed, with an aim, the reader would know what was the overall result in following the steps. If we did not have any aim, the reader would not know what the steps are for and people would not buy your recipe book or read your blog post. Another thing that was very important was the short numbered steps. With short steps, the reader is able to read easily the directions and would know which part of it they are at. In class we were also talking about dot points or numbers. In the end, we decided that numbers would be better for the reader to follow. Finally having a picture in the writing would make your writing stand out. For example, if you were writing a recipe for a cake. You should have a big picture of your cake so it would be eye catching and the readers might want to try making one with your recipe. Even though I found Instructional Writing rather difficult, I think it was a great challenge to try a different technique instead the same old essay style. From now on, I would try to work on other Instructional Writing too!