(Home) Educators, teach your students to ask themselves: “Why am I writing?” “What is my goal or my purpose for writing?”
Of course, students may have such thoughts anyway but probably with a bit of angst about how they will be graded or how a particular writing assignment will help them in life.
Teach students the real purpose of writing—that it is not about “getting the assignment over with” or getting a good grade, or even pleasing the teacher.
Writing’s real purpose is in being able to effectively communicate to a specific audience. And understanding that purpose makes students better writers.
Previously, What Works in Teaching–Writing with a Purpose
Colorado State University Writing Studio, http://writing.colostate.edu/index.cfm
Writing with a Purpose, by James M. McCrimmon, published by Houghton Mifflin, 1984.