Assignment: Instructions for Creating a Folded Paper Object (McCool)

Purpose: Write and illustrate step-by-step instructions for making an object out of one sheet of 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper, preferably with no cutting or tearing required.

Audience: Children, 8-10 year olds

Specific Requirements:

  • Define object to be produced in title.
  • Use simple language.
  • Provide multiple, brief step-by-step instructions.
  • Illustrate the steps.

Suggestions for objects: airplane, cup, “fortune-teller,” football, note, crane, etc.

Evaluation: Classmate, substituting for the target audience, will attempt to make the object. If he/she is successful, the author will be given full credit. If classmate is not successful, the author will clarify the instructions and ask classmate to try again.

Group work connection: Assignment could be turned into a team-based assignment, with teams of students writing instructions and then attempting to complete instruction sets done by classmates.