Lesson Plan

Pondering the Purpose, Aiming for an Audience

Help your students plan with a purpose! With instruction on both audience and purpose, your students will be equipped to strategically write for specific audiences.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to consider the audience and develop an appropriate topic when planning their writing. They will be able to evaluate writing for topic and purpose, as well as to rewrite text to correspond to a given purpose and audience.


(5 minutes)
  • Invite student to share some language and conversations from the playground. What might they hear?
  • Write some examples of these conversations on the board.
  • Ask students to share how this language might be different from conversations in a classroom or in a bank.
  • Write several examples on the board.
  • Tell the students that just as types of conversation are different depending on the participants, writing is also different depending on the audience.
  • Explain to the students that they will be learning about writing with consideration given to both their intended audience and the purpose of their writing.