This Education Week article gives reasons for why the current generation of students have a higher need for knowing "why" they are learning something, and presents some strategies teachers can use to answer that question. Although the article focuses specifically on instruction in a history class, but the strategies mention could be directly applied to other reading or writing-heavy classes.
This article presents some strategies teachers can use to answer the "Why do need to learn this?" question from students today
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Making History Relevant for the Social Media Generation by John Scudder, Education Week