Reflection: Standards Alignment Who's on First, What's on Second - Good Writers Know Who They Are Playing Against - Section 1: Creating the Purpose


I added this new lesson because I realized throughout this year that although I was mentioning and modeling writing to an audience, my students still didn't have the strong connection and purpose to this in their minds. In that writing is difficult for some, I wanted to create a lesson that asked for less written words but higher order thinking and evaluation. Bingo! Add a little fun!

This lesson went so great because of this joy factor and the fact that students couldn't select their favorite audience or topic to match what they wanted to share, but rather were put a little out of their comfort zones to randomly pick these from bags. More realistic in life - and definitely more useful to their future writing.

Two areas they struggled with before writing were describing their audience and writing to them, rather than in their point of view. To address the first I showed them a few different ways that I could pull tags and more thoroughly describe an audience member. For example if I pulled "an adult" I would want to know is this a young active adult? or an older grumpy adult? With children? or no children? I shared that if it was a young parent, then I could use child-safety logic to get their attention, but if it was the older then I would want to use more logic and facts. I needed to share that they were the ones who got to choose the age, specifics and knowledge levels of their selected audience group members. This degree of control over their chosen audience tags helped them with their writing to the person.

The second area was addressing the misconception that they were writing to the chosen audience member vs. speaking from that person's point of view. The part that helped with this was I shared they should speak in the language of the person - older use higher level vocabulary and academic language, child use simplified and visual language, teenager use slang or text lingo.

A fun lesson and one that really helped them to focus more on who they are writing to when they are sharing a topic.        

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Who's on First, What's on Second - Good Writers Know Who They Are Playing Against

Unit 14: Writers Structure Their Text With a Purpose in Mind
Lesson 2 of 2

Objective: SWBAT...write topics to a specific audience group using a text structure that best attracts the target audience and shares the topic information

Big Idea: When we write we need to think of who will be reading it. We're not writing for us - we're writing for our audience. How we write affects who we attract and how much they like it.

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