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In order to make a writing assignment on how to give sequential directions meaningful to my students, I send a letter home to parents asking them to provide their child with a map showing how to get from their house to the school. The map must include the street names. In class, the students write a paragraph giving me directions on how I can drive my car from our school to their house. I inform the students that anyone who does a terrific job will have their name put into a jar and I will actually visit them at home. I randomly select two students from the jar, prearrange a visit and drive to their house using their directions. It's amazing the difference this incentive makes in motivating the students to give me a well-written paragraph.

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