The final weeks of school are upon us. Teachers across the nation are wrapping up curriculum and even the most fastidious students are starting to zone out and dream of the weeks of summer vacation that lie ahead.
As a high school English teacher, this time of year always proved to be a challenging time for me in regards to student engagement. And the best way I’ve found to fight low engagement is to bring opportunities for authentic writing into the classroom.
What is likely the most high-stakes, authentic piece of writing for most college-bound students?
Their college application essays.