WRITING DIRECTIONS: THE GREAT CARD TRICK CHALLENGE
PURPOSE OF ACTIVITY: Writing directions is often hard to keep kids engaged. This activity has been beefed up to keep kids engaged throughout the process Students will imagine that the company Extreme Magic has hired them to create a card trick using YouTube videos (all included in this PowerPoint) and a deck of cards. What student does not like a magic trick? Their tricks will be taught to one another through the written directions, and you can even hold a card trick show for the whole class and parents. Extreme Magic has told the students that whoever is able to write good directions will have their card trick featured in their next card trick book. (You make a classroom card trick book) This lesson includes a “letter from Extreme Magic”, graphic organizers, exemplars, voting sheets, Extreme Magic (Peer Review) sheet, explanation on what the kids are to do, a rubric, and even a final certificate “medal” for the students who succeed on getting their card tricks published. Throughout the whole process students learn to think like an expository (directions) writer and go through the writing process to create an expository writing (directions). This activity has been aligned to the Common Core standards.
GOAL: Produce an expository writing (directions) that:
a) Helps the students to understand the components of what to include in an expository (directions) writing.
b) Has been created using a graphic organizer/outline to keep track of their thinking.
c) Has been edited/evaluated by two other peers for content and clarity
d) Has been revised for clarity after the peers have evaluated.
e) Is composed into a final writing piece.
COMMON CORE STANDARDS:
RI.6.3 Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text.
RI.6.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
RI.6.7 Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
W.6.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
W.6.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
W.6.5 With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
SL 6.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
L.6.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
L.6.3 Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
• A deck of cards for each student (I went online and simply bought a multiple packs for 50 cents each at Walmart)
• A camera (could allow students to use their phones, saves on time and headache)
• Copies of the Extreme Magic Letter, Writing Outline, Outline Example, Final Writing Example, Extreme Magic testing sheet and rubric for each student.
• Sticky Notes for each student
• A voting slip for each student (make enough copies)
• A computer/device to view the YouTube videos