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A Yummy "How to" Paragraph

Posted on November 17, 2012 at 2:11 PM
Hello, writers and teachers,

This coming week's assignment is very similar to last week's. Take a break from last week's paragraph (we will continue to work on it after Thanksgiving), and work on the following prompt, instead:

What's your favorite Thanksgiving side dish (or dessert)? Write a well-developed "how to" paragraph (8-14 sentences long) where you explain how to make the dish. 

Make sure to plan first. A list of steps would be a good way to plan this paragraph (if necessary, ask a family member to help you with the recipe). 

1- Start your paragraph with a descriptive hook and a strong topic sentence, 
2- follow it with elaborated details (as many as necessary), and 
3- end it with a closing statement that restates why you like the dish.

Revise your first draft for accuracy and clarity, and write or type a lovely final draft (start your paper with a descriptive title and a list of ingredients). 

Here's a cool idea: Make copies of your "how to" paragraph, paste your copies on large, unlined, colored index cards, decorate the cards with fall motifs, and hand them out as Thanksgiving gifts to your family and friends. 

Happy writing!

Write Cook

P.S. Continue to get ready for Thanksgiving by checking out the recipes, crafts, and more at

Categories: Paragraph, The Writing Process

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