Writing for an audience provides students with a purpose for writing and an incentive for rewriting and editing to a high standard.
Here are some easy ideas to implement which are a little different:
Create a bookmark:
Poems, summaries and mini-stories lend themselves to this publishing format. The finished bookmarks can be laminated and then left in the school or local library for people to take, read and use.
Partner with a local café to provide a venue for students to share their writing. You could even make it into a fundraiser!
Partner with a local supermarket, café or restaurant and display students’ written descriptions of the different products.
Back of toilet doors:
Laminate students’ finished piece of writing and organise with local venues, councils or the school to display on the back of toilet doors.
Send a card:
Students write their final compositions inside a blank commercially produced card and then send them to an elderly people’s home.
Waiting room reading:
Place students’ writing in a display folder and liaise with the local dentist, doctor, hairdresser, or other businesses where you often have to wait to leave the folder in their waiting area.
Video students reading their written composition or record it as a podcast.
Work on the premise that quality is better than quantity. Students choose just their best sentence and this is the sentence that is shared – at an assembly, at a parent/grandparents’ day, with another class, etc.
• Class newspaper
• Enter writing competitions
• Pen Pals or exchanging written compositions with another class
• Class blog or other types of social media
• Create an e-book (e.g., Storybird)
• Reviews of books, products, etc. on online forums