Procedural Texts

During the year, 4KM and 4KJ have focussed on a variety of text types or genres during our writing lessons.

This week we have been writing procedural texts.

A procedural text instructs the reader how to do or make something. There are usually three parts to a procedural text:

1. The goal or title – this tells the reader what will be achieved.

2. Requirements or materials – a list of the items needed to achieve the goal.

3. Instructions or method – a step by step description of what the reader needs to do to achieve the goal.

Common procedural texts are recipes, rules for games, science experiments, instructional manuals (eg. putting furniture or toys together) and operating manuals (eg. how to operate a vacuum cleaner).

We learnt that it is very important to be specific when writing the instructions. Every detail possible should be included so that the reader knows exactly what to do.

Here are two examples of procedural texts that were written in our class this week…

How to Eat a Banana

By Trent

What you need:

  • A banana

Method:

1. Firstly, you must get a banana.

2. Hold the banana in your hand with the stem up.

3. Hold the stem with your hand.

4. Pull skin back in any direction.

5. One strip of the banana skin should be off.

6. Get the other two strips of skin and pull them down.

7. All strips of skin should now be down.

8. Hold the banana up to your mouth.

9. Put half a mouthful of banana into your mouth and bite it off.

10. Take the banana away from your mouth.

11. Chew it.

12. Do everything from step 8-13 until done.

13. When finished, put the banana skin in the bin.

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How to Brush Your Teeth

By Liv

Requirements:

  • A soft bristle toothbrush
  • Fluoride toothpaste
  • Sink
  • Mouthwash or water
  • Cup (optional)
  • Floss (optional)

Instructions:

1. With the toothbrush in one of your hands, squeeze a centimetre of toothpaste onto the bristles of the toothbrush.

2. Turn the tap on cold, and wet your toothbrush to let the toothpaste soften.

3. Put the toothbrush into your mouth and slowly brush in small circles.

4. Make sure you brush all of your top teeth and your bottom teeth, back and front.

5. You should brush your teeth for two to three minutes, twice per day.

6. Once you have finished brushing your teeth, before removing your toothbrush, gently brush the top of your tongue to get rid of any bacteria.

7. Take the toothbrush out of your mouth, turn the tap on cold and rinse your toothbrush out.

8. Grab the cup, fill a quarter of it with water and rinse out your mouth.

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What did you think of Trent and Liv’s procedural texts?

When have you used a procedural text to make or do something?

Do you have a favourite text type or genre of writing?

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15 thoughts on “Procedural Texts

  1. Dear 4km and 4kj,

    I think Trent and Livs procedural text is very well written! Well done to the both of you. I have used a procedural text when I cook things, I like to use a recipe to cook. My favourite genre/text is narrative. I enjoy writing story’s.

    From:Corrina

    • Dear Corrina,

      Thank you for leaving a comment on our blog. I am Sophie.

      I agree with you, Liv and Trent’s procedural texts were written well.

      I have also used a procedural text when cooking.

      From,
      Sophie

  2. Hello 4km and 4kj,
    Awesome procedures guys, you explained it very well.
    If I were following your instructions, I would of done everything exactly as you said.

    From Tristan.

    • Dear Tristan,

      Thanks for leaving a comment on our blog. I am Sophie.

      I agree with you, Liv and Trent explained it very well.

      If I was following their instructions I would have done everything they said because they were right on how to do it.

      From,
      Sophie

  3. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    Great post Miss Jordan! well done to Trent and Liv S,

    your procedural texts were awesome I really enjoyed reading them both they were really good.
    My favourite genre of writing is procedural text even thought that we only learnt it yesteryday.

    This is my procedural text:

    How to set up a Halloween party

    you will need:

    Halloween decorations
    6 packet of chips, 6 packet of lollies, 6 party pies, 6 sausage rolls, 6 tables, DJ (optional)

    1. set up the tables
    2. decorate the tables with your decorations
    3. put lollies and chips in seprate bowls
    4. after you have put the chips and lollies in the bowls put them on each table
    5. put the hot food (party pies and sausage rolls)
    next to the chips and lollies
    6. if you want you can have a DJ bust out some awesome music
    7. then if you have the DJ you can dance!

    I hope you all enjoyed my procedural text

    got to go

    shakira :mrgreen:

  4. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    Great post Miss Jordan! well done to Trent and Liv S,

    your procedural texts were awesome I really enjoyed reading them both they were really good.
    My favourite genre of writing is procedural text even thought that we only learnt it yesteryday.

    This is my procedural text:

    How to set up a Halloween party

    you will need:

    Halloween decorations
    6 packet of chips, 6 packet of lollies, 6 party pies, 6 sausage rolls, 6 tables, DJ (optional)

    1. set up the tables.
    2. Decorate the tables with your decorations.
    3. Put lollies and chips in seprate bowls.
    4. After you have put the chips and lollies in the bowls put them on each table.
    5. Put the hot food (party pies and sausage rolls)
    next to the chips and lollies.
    6. If you want you can have a DJ bust out some awesome music.
    7. Then if you have the DJ you can dance!

    I hope you all enjoyed my procedural text.

    got to go

    shakira :mrgreen:

    • Dear Shakira

      What an awsome comment.

      Procedural texts are fun to do
      especially when you have a
      fun topic.

      Your Halloween Party text was very
      good, when Halloween comes around
      again I’ll be sure to use your
      Procedural text.

      Happy blogging
      L♥ren 😆

  5. Hi 4KM and 4KJ,

    What a wonderful post! I am in Thailand right now and in an Internet Cafe. I am having a great time and the weather is so hot, too hot actually!

    I liked this post about procedural texts. I think both Liv S and Trent are great writers so they did the procedural texts very well. The topic might seem easy at first like ‘How to eat a banana’ but once you actually think about it, it is a bit hard.

    Sorry about the short comment!

    Got to go,
    Skye

    P.S. I can’t wait until I get back to school.

    • @ Skye,
      Thanks for leaving us that wonderful comment even though you are in Thailand. You are such a great blogger. I bet it is hot up there overseas.

      I agree Trent and Liv S are great writers. I also liked this post about Procedural Texts.

      Yes, I thought it was going to be easy when I heard the topic was ” Procedural Text ” But it was hard as I was doing it, the same with the topic ” How to brush your teeth ”

      Here are some questions for you:
      Do you know any Thai language?
      What is an Internet Cafe?

      See you later,
      Libstar :mrgreen:

  6. Hi 4km and 4kj,
    We really enjoyed Trent and Liv’s procedures.
    At 5/6A we are learning about procedures and we are having a fun time learning it.
    Sincerely,
    Celine and Kyla from ACPS

    • Dear Celine and Kyla,

      My name is Kealee and I am from 4KM.

      Yes I really enjoyed Trent and Liv’s writing too!
      Yes, procedural text is fun. If you think it is fun with your teacher try it with mine.

      From Kealee

  7. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    I won’t be coming to school today because I am ill.

    I think the procedural texts are very good. If an alien came to earth, I think he would know how to eat a banana or brush your teeth.

    My favourite type of writing is poetry because I am very good at it.

    Your friend,

    Georgia 😆

  8. Dear Georgia,
    It’s great to see you blogging when your sick.

    I thought Trent’s procedural text was great. he said every singal step from buying the banana to puting it in the bin. Same with Liv’s. They were just so awesome.

    I like poetry as well, but I love all tipe of writing.

    From your friend,
    Hannah

  9. Hello!
    I just read these guidelines and instructions, and they are interesting. The directions to eat a banana are a bit funny. Although I think about they way to peel and eat a banana is an opinion, well to monkeys at least. Did you know that monkeys open the bananas the opposite way of the directions? They peel it from the bottom, not the stem! Also Liv S could be a dentist, the way it was explained sounded was almost exact to what my dentists and orthodontists say. Please visit Hey Kids! It will be very much appreciated.

  10. Hello 4KM and 4KJ,

    Whether describing something simple for a beginner, writing a recipe, explaining how to do something difficult or writing up a scientific experiment, procedural writing is a very important skill. Liv S. and Trent’s procedural texts show steps in simple stages, a very important feature because we can’t assume a reader has any knowledge before reading our texts.

    Above I mentioned procedural text in science. When a scientist is experimenting, he or she has to keep notes on what has been done. If the experiment is a success, a scientist has to write up their experiment giving details of what was used and how the experiment was done. This is so other scientists can repeat the experiment as a way of checking the findings. If the procedural text is correct and followed exactly, another scientist should be able to get the same results. It’s only when other scientists agree with the findings, the experiment and it’s results are accepted.

    Whether you develop your own favourite recipes in your life or find a cure for cancer, procedural text skills will be an important part of your life. I know they have been in my life over the years. 🙂

    @RossMannell
    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

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