Patricia A. Slagle supports the idea of transitioning writing assignments from topics that are hypothetical and only get read by the teacher to “authentic” prompts that write to an audience for a real purpose.
STRATEGIES FOR IMPLEMENTATION
Social Studies – Write a letter to a political candidate expressing your opinion of their platform.
Don’t reinvent the wheel – Revisit writing topics you have used in the past. Twist it just a bit so the student has a stake in the writing by adding their opinion and publishing it.
Turn Leisure Reading “Authentic”
After reading the paper for 20 minutes, students must write a letter to the reporter or the Letter to the Editor section referring to an article they agreed or disagreed with…