Rock Star Battles

Rock Star Battles 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-attemptContinue reading “Rock Star Battles”

Complaint Letter: Teaching Audience and Voice

Style Wars Complaint Letter Shared by Beth Gulley This assignment was designed to teach students to use a mentor text (from Bob Brannan’s A Writer’s Workshop), to get them to write to an audience from someone else’s perspective, and to demonstrate their understanding of the issues presented in a text (in this case the 1980’s documentaryContinue reading “Complaint Letter: Teaching Audience and Voice”

Peanut Butter Jelly Time

Peanut Butter Jelly Time Shared by Sarah Alderfer I do not recall from where or whom this activity came, but it is not originally mine. In fact, some of my students have done this in their high school English classes. I use this activity to illustrate how important clear and developed directions are in processContinue reading “Peanut Butter Jelly Time”

Who’s Your Reader? Magazine Audience Activities

magazine audience activity Shared by Sarah Tsai I usually bring a diverse collection of magazines to class for these two activities, but online periodicals would work just as well.  The second activity (p. 2) has a surprise buried in it.  Each group/pair of students must swap topics with another group/pair.  They must find a wayContinue reading “Who’s Your Reader? Magazine Audience Activities”