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Have each group write their essays.
Have students decide whether they want to illustrate their essays and make covers for them. Remind students that the purpose of illustrations is to help the reader understand the text.

Have the groups exchange and evaluate each other's draft essays.
Have a discussion in which students decide how they will evaluate the essays. By what criteria do readers judge the success of a cookbook recipe or instructions for assembling or installing something? What criteria will they use? Where is the writing obscure or confusing? How can the essay be improved?

It would be helpful to get the demonstrator to read some of the essays and offer his or her comments to the students.

Last Modified September 19, 1997