Shared by Elizabeth Baldridge
This is a sampling of the prompts I give in a weekly writing challenge called Rock Star Battles. Students are to apply the skills they’re learning in class to fun, challenging writing tasks that are designed to encourage a focus on audience and purpose. Students post their best-attempt pieces to a discussion board, and everyone gets work credit for completing the assignment. Two students (one of my choosing and one of the class’s) earn Rock Star Points (a coupon worth a three-point boost to any assignment’s grade). At the end of the semester, students choose their best two battle pieces to include in the portfolio.