I assign the first half of this assignment about a week before Thanksgiving. Students would locate a recipe for homework, write why they chose it, and bring it to class. Two sets of instructions on each handout- cut in half and save paper.
Then, the few days before Thanksgiving (when students tend to be absent or lose focus because they are excited for the holiday), I would have the students illustrate a comic of the recipe's directions. Using a legal sized sheet of blank paper, students would typically fold it into 6 boxes. Then each box would have a picture and words that would say what the step is. Based on the number of steps in each recipe, students may have to combine some steps. Obviously it wouldn't be fair to have one student make 3 boxes and another make 12. I found 6 boxes to be a good number.
Students practice reading informational text (recipe) and translating it into a graphic/comic.
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