Clause patterns in online recipes

This activity looks at different clause patterns (statement; question; command; exclamation) in an online recipe. Students are asked to think about why different clause patterns are used, and what kind of role they play in creating the meaning of the text.


Lesson Plan

This lesson might come after you have taught your students about the four clause patterns in English: statement, question, command and exclamation. You might want to revisit these before starting this lesson, by checking out some of the resources on Englicious (for example, here and here).

Begin by asking your students what kind of language features they might expect to see in a recipe, and why those features might be there. Their answers might include the following ideas:

Next, give students a copy of the handout (found at the bottom of this page), which is taken from a BBC Good Food recipe (also available here). Read it through with them and check for understanding.

The next task is to look at the grammar of the text, focusing specifically on clause patterns. To do this, ask students to:

As an extension task, you could ask students to look at the other language features discussed at the beginning of the lesson. 

The final activity in this lesson involves creating a recipe. Students should:

As an extension task, you could ask students to write a few sentences explaining what they have done with language, and write about some of the choices they made.


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