WRITING A GUIDELINE: HOW TO…
As we have reviewed, a guideline is a set of instructions that contains suggestions in order to have the best result when executing the process you want to carry out.
Writing is a process. You MUST follow the basic steps of the WRITING PROCESS:
– Plan the structure of your writing (what I am going to write, what text type I have to produce, what information I need to include… etc.)
– Research! If you are going to suggest a way of doing something, you MUST be clear on the “HOW TO”. An INACCURATE guideline is a USELESS guideline. Complete your preliminary research before starting the guideline!
– CLEARLY define the AUDIENCE to whom your guideline is addressing. It is NOT the same to write one to a 5 year old than one to a 15 year old.
– Begin writing. You definitely are going to draft and re-draft at least three times, since as you write. you may come up to different ideas to include, or a better way to explain the ones you brainstormed at the beginning of the process-
– PROOFREAD AND EDIT. Checklist all basic elements that must be considered when writing this text type:
a. LAYOUT / FRAMEWORK (how the text must be visually organised. For example: bullets, title, paragraphing, illustrations or pictures, captions)
b. GRAMMAR POINTS AND LANGUAGE (word order, grammatical structures pertainig the text type you are producing, spelling, punctuation, tenses. In this case, MODALS).
c. LANGUAGE FUNCTIONS (what your purpose of writing is: in this case, suggest / advice. Again, successful purposes go hand in hand with an accurate grammar structure).
1) In class write the guideline following the steps above. The guideline MUST have at least 10 instances in which you use modal verbs.
2) At home record the video. It MUST be between 4 and 6 minutes. Upload it to your Blog.
Your guideline MUST be something like this:
FOR NEXT CLASS (23rd April):
1. Bring the subject on which you want to work (video game / sport / cooking, etc.)
2. Write questions you MUST answer to have an exact idea of your instructions and suggestions.
YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE 2 PERIODS (90mins) to finish this written production.
THE MORE PREPARED, THE BETTER RESULTS!