In this writing unit, students will learn how to write a Procedural Narrative (A How-To writing piece) by creating a board game in a small group. The students begin by exploring popular board games that they already have played before to brainstorm features and elements that board games include (types of playing cards, playing pieces, spinners etc.) Over several work periods, students work within their small groups to design game pieces, game cards, and game boards. After students create their game and decide with their group members how they play their new game, they work independently to write the directions to their game in a guided format. This unit can work as a support to other curricular areas because game themes can be designed to extend learning
from areas such as social studies and science.
In the unit you will find detailed lessons for each day, a brainstorming sketch packet that guide students in designing their game, writing guidelines, rough draft outline and a final copy template. Check out the sample to get a better look at what activities are included in the unit.