This Procedural Writing resource scaffolds procedure in a how-to writing style essay. All lessons revolve around the prompt: How to Wrap a Gift. This would be an ideal integration of a seasonal teaching resource during celebrations like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, Eid, other celebrations and birthdays in your teaching planner.


  • Poster x 1 defining Procedural Writing
  • Cover Sheet (if compiling pages into a booklet)
  • sample How to Wrap a Gift writing piece: numbered steps
  • sample How to Wrap a Gift writing piece: time order words
  • deconstructing structure: 13 questions to study structure in writing samples
  • sequencing steps in a procedure: picture clues on How to Wrap a Gift sample
  • sequencing steps in a procedure: matching sentences to picture clues
  • sequencing steps in a procedure: writing sentences referring to picture clues and
    word bank in How to Wrap a Gift sample
  • Procedural Writing blank templates x 2 styles
  • self-editing checklist
  • peer editing checklist
  • teacher scoring rubric (40 marks)
  • teacher scoring rubric and comment section
  • teacher assessing criteria rubric – highlighting applicable sections (no score)
  • one page booklet (small) on writing sample ‘How to Wrap a Gift’ – students use to answer 13 questions (for convenience): colour and blackline
  • two pages (large) booklet: colour and blackline
  • Teacher Reference file (suggested use and key)


  • Students will first study the written sample (both formats): How to wrap a gift.
  • Next, they will deconstruct structure by answering 13 questions. To avoid flipping the sheet back and forth to look for answers, they refer to the mini one page booklet that features the text.
  • After, students will cut and paste pictures and also match them to sentences to practise sequential order.
  • Then, they will write sentences using given action words, picture clues and words in a word bank to practise ordering and writing steps in a process.
  • Soon after, students will write out the procedure on How to Wrap a Gift by themselves and will self-edit and peer edit their final writing pieces.
  • Finally, students will submit their completed how to writing piece for teacher feedback.

** Note: all lessons and writing practice revolve around the mentor text, ‘How to Wrap a Gift’, this is so students will have ample practice on adhering to structure and writing style by modelling their writing on the same. You can then provide them with a writing prompt of your choice to apply skills learned.

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Created: Nov 8, 2019

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