Saturday, August 10, 2013

Writing for a real audience about real events increases engagement and motivation for most students. Here is an example of how one school capitalized on this situation. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Mo. teens learn writing skills by producing newspaper
A group of St. Louis teenagers spent a dozen summer mornings developing their writing skills by preparing news articles for a student newspaper produced through the educational nonprofit StudioSTL. Students have written articles on issues ranging from abuse and stereotypes to the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case in Florida and will produce 1,000 copies of the newspaper to distribute throughout the community. "The ability to see that your hard work is going to pay off is essential," said Beth Ketcher, StudioSTL founder and executive director. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (8/3)
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