My favorite writing unit to teach is always the "functional nonfiction" unit. In this unit, students complete three fun projects that let them showcase their talents and have a little fun with their silly teachers!
(1) How to Make a Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich: students will write directions without knowing this is a test of their direction-giving skills, and the teacher will make a sandwich according to the WORST directions...its always funny to get one that says "SMASH the pieces of bread together"
(2) students get to complete "how to draw" challenges with their classmates
(3) final project allows students to showcase their own talents and write directions just like the professional ones you'll show!
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