Although I haven’t found any Common Core standards specific to following directions, I know that most states require that middle school students learn how to read and follow directions. So I’ve designed a nonfiction book report form specific to do-it-yourself project books.
If I may suggest some books that are great for teaching the following of directions in this capacity, I’d like to mention the World Craft series of books by author Meryl Doney. Our library has a classroom set of these, and I have used them to teach nonfiction reading in a number of facets. Most specifically, they go nicely with this nonfiction book report form handout.
However, the handout (which you can download by clicking above) can easily accompany any do-it-yourself project book, from gardening methods to following a recipe.
The handout is meant to be used in a pair-share way, wherein you put students in small groups and have them compare and contrast the different ways in which do-it-yourself project books are designed. It includes an analysis of illustrations, table of contents, appendices (tables, charts, etc.), and the projects offered in each book.
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