How to Read a Recipe Book

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When teaching students how to read a recipe book, you need to have them take into account a number of factors, like the usefulness of the index, the way in which recipes are organized, and what makes one recipe book more helpful than another.

As a part of my “Teaching Nonfiction Reading” series here, on English Emporium, I’m posting a handout today that guides students through the different elements of a recipe book.

Once you have your students fill out this Recipe Book Handout, you can ask them to compare and contrast one another’s responses on the handout. Try this:

  1. Divide the kids into groups of five students each.
  2. Have them share answers on their handouts.
  3. Have them pass around and browse through one another’s books.
  4. Ask them to evaluate the five recipe books within their group, lining them up best to worst.
  5. They can then present their findings to the class, explaining why book #1 is the best and book #5 is the worst in their group.

If you like this free Recipe Book Handout and the activity that I’ve posted here, help me spread the word about this website. Link to my site from your blog or website. E-mail a friend. Like this post on Facebook. It would be great if more English/language arts/ESL/ELL teachers knew that this site offered so many great ideas for teachers and students. Thanks!


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