This strategy helps teachers differentiate a lesson and allows students to choose the type of writing for assignments


This activity helps students make connections between the topic they are learning about and the real world. By choosing the role, audience, format and topic, students are connecting to their prior knowledge, making choices that they are interested in and creating a document that is “real”; one that humans use in everyday life.

This practice was originally created by Nancy Vandervanter, a junior high English teacher who participated in the Montana Writing Project.

Time Required

2 min read

Required Materials

Preferred Citation

Relevant Writing by Nancy Vandervanter, Montana Writing Project (the Mindset Kit)