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Introducing Each Other: Interviews, Memoirs, Photos, and Internet Research
Try this lesson for a get-acquainted activity that invites pairs of students to learn about each other and share their findings with the rest of the class.
The Feature Story--Fifteen Minutes (and 500 Words) of Fame!
A similar get-acquainted activity for older students which asks students to write a newspaper profile of a classmate with a particular focus on a talent, interest, or passion of that classmate.
Writing about Writing: An Extended Metaphor Assignment
To learn more about students as writers, try this lesson which uses Richard Wilbur's poem "The Writer" as an inspiration for students' own descriptions of their writing practices.
Audience, Purpose, and Language Use in Electronic Messages
This lesson explores the language of electronic messages and how it affects other writing.