Writing can become personally meaningful when students have an actual audience and a real purpose for communicating with that audience. Students can practice writing different genres and develop their sense of voice, including Syntax and Vocabulary, for specific audiences. Such opportunities foster Motivation to write compelling pieces and help students understand the nuances of writing for different purposes (e.g., describe, inform, persuade), developing their Genre Knowledge and advancing their Foundational Writing Skills.
Watch how this fifth grade teacher encourages her students to write to the local administration about a supermarket shutting down. She uses this as an opportunity to teach them how to draft, revise, and send a persuasive letter, strengthening their positive emotions towards writing as well as their Genre Knowledge. See how receiving a reply boosts their confidence and Motivation to learn.
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From 0:22, learn about the website Write the World that curates authentic audience experiences for students. By providing writing prompts, peer groups for feedback, and competitions for students, the site adds rigor and relevance to writing assignments, engages young writers, and prepares them for digital citizenship.