Writing Instructions
Take the dog for a walk.

Writing Instructions

This KS2 English quiz takes a look at writing instructions. A written instruction is usually a direction or order. 'Take out your books', 'Underline the key words', 'Take the dog for a walk', 'Shut the door!' - you will be very familiar with instructions. Sometimes instructions need to be much longer than just one sentence, however. If you are telling someone how to do something a bit complicated, you might write it down in a set of instructions.

You will have no doubt come across a list of instructions, perhaps when using a recipe or when putting something together.

See how well you know the difference between instructions and other types of writing by trying this English quiz.

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  1. Which of the following is NOT an example of an instruction?
    'Whisk', 'fold' and 'don't run' are examples of imperative (bossy) verbs. 'Wash your hands before you begin' would be an instruction.
  2. Many types of writing use instructions. Which of these does NOT use instructions?
    Instructions are important in a board game - otherwise how would you know how to play it?!
  3. Instructions should have a list of ____
    This is so you know what you will need.
  4. Which of these connectives should be used in a set of instructions?
    Your instructions should be written using 'time connectives', such as 'first', 'next', 'then' and 'finally', to emphasise the correct order for following the steps.
  5. Diagrams or photos help by ____
    When putting together a toy or game, diagrams can show us which pieces belong where.
  6. Which of the following is true?
    Instructions can be spoken or written.
  7. Which of these would NOT make a good title for instructions?
    Instructions will always tell you what you will achieve if you follow them.
  8. Instructions are written using what type of verbs?
    Imperative verbs are sometimes called 'bossy' verbs.
  9. Which of the following set of instructions is in the correct order?
    Using connectives would improve these instructions: First, turn on the tap. Then soap your hands. Next, rinse your hands...
  10. Instructions are written step by step. These steps should be ____
    They are numbered because instructions normally follow an order.

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