Get kids interested in explanatory writing with some good old peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! At my grade level, my team and I integrate the Six Traits of Writing into our lessons. Therefore I have incorporated the Traits into this lesson as well. Students will be guided through graphic organizers and prompts to create a paragraph that includes a topic sentences with a step by step process for making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. A rubric is included for your grading convenience. A fun follow up is to have the students make their own peanut butter and jelly sandwiches using their explanatory writing paragraphs as a true test to see if their paragraph was written carefully! My students LOVED doing this in class! (This follow up activity must only completed if there are no peanut allergies in class. Check with your school nurse beforehand.)
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