Students benefit when tasks have an impact or actionable purpose. Consider relevant topics and audiences by subject area.


In writing, students can write a persuasive letter to the principal requesting a new salad bar in the cafeteria. In math, when practicing money skills, students can order lunch from a local restaurant, calculating the total and change. For Science, a unit on pollution, students can participate in cleaning up litter on the school block.

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Write a Great Authentic Task by Melinda Kolk

Written by Kathy Furlong Silverio
Reviewed by Kristen L. Hodnett

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