By purchasing this product, you'll get a pre-lesson activity that will serve as a formative assessment and critical thinking exercise (and later as a "how to" model for student reference), a ready-to-copy burrito booklet to facilitate expository "how to" writing instruction, a technology-integrated lesson with QR code supports, and a template for students to use when publishing their writing.
The first time I gave this lesson, it was an eye-opening experience to learn that several of my students did not know what an ice cream sundae was because they had never had one! Others did not know that's what they were called. After an engaging whole group discussion, we launched into our writing lesson. Our unit ultimately ended with an ice cream sundae celebration (which I would strongly recommend). Students were highly motivated and their detail support greatly improved when they were told that they had to specifically name and include any ingredient they wanted on their sundae. The results were absolutely wonderful!
Note: The standards for expository writing do not include a focus on transitional or procedural words, so I aligned this with the narrative writing standards which specifically mention transitional words and phrases to sequence an event.
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