how to writing prompts

3 free how to writing prompts (PDF)

How to writing prompts

Here are some instructional how to writing prompts worksheets. They help students learn how to give directions on how to make things. These writing activities are also great for learning and using new nouns and verbs.

Appropriate nouns and verbs have not been included in the PDFs to make them useful for different tasks such as research and homework assignments. Some suggested verbs have been provided in this post. It is up to the teacher to decide how much help needs to be given to their class or individual students.

The first how to writing prompt worksheet above asks students to give instructions on how to grow a plant. This is a good activity to complement any lessons about nature, science, farming, or gardening.

Some useful vocabulary for this writing exercise include –

Verbs – fill, dig, put, cover, water, move, and trim.

Nouns – pot, soil, spade/trowel, watering can, sunlight, and scissors.

Here is an example of how this instructions worksheet might be completed. Note that there are many other ways to do this that are also correct. It depends on each student’s individual imagination, style of writing, and English ability.

Step 1 – Fill a plant pot with soil from the garden.

Step 2 – Take a trowel and dig a small hole in the center of the soil (about five centimeters deep).

Step 3 – Pace some seeds in the hole and gently cover them with more soil.

Step 4 – Use a watering can to wet the soil completely. Make sure water comes out of the bottom of the pot.

Step 5 – Place the pot in a sunny spot and water it regularly.

Step 6 – As your plant grows taller, trim its leaves from time to time to keep it healthy.

How to writing prompt 2 - Making Tea

This second instructions writing worksheet asks students t give simple directions on how to make a cup of tea with a teabag. This can be a good addition to lessons based around drinks.

Some useful terms for this writing exercise include –

Nouns – kettle, cup, teabag steam, Celsius, and stove.

Verbs – Boil, place, pour, sit, steep, strain, and serve.

How to writing prompt 3 - Making Pasta

The third how to writing prompt worksheet asks students to write directions on how to cook pasta. It can be a great addition to any classes related to cooking and food. You might also want to use one of the kitchen utensils worksheets before or after this writing task.

Useful words for this exercise include –

Nouns – Pot/saucepan, jug, stove, salt, spaghetti/pasta, wooden spoon, colander, and bowl.

Verbs – place, fill, pour, heat, boil, simmer, add, stir, tip, strain, and serve.

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