- Most children have at least one special talent or interest that they enjoy talking about. Whether this is playing a musical instrument, a certain sport or even video games, most students have specific knowledge about a particular subject. Ask your students to write a "how to" essay explaining how to do a specific task within their interest. For example, if the student plays the violin, he might write an essay called "How to Tune a Violin." If the student plays soccer, he might write "How to Score a Goal." Have the students clearly identify the steps involved in the process. Not only will the students learn the importance of giving clear instruction within their writing, but they will enjoy writing about something that interests them and that they know a lot about.