Overview: Authentic Purposes for Writing Blog Series

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Every three months, the TWT co-author team comes together to share our thinking about one aspect of writing. It seems appropriate that we’re sharing our thoughts about authentic purposes for writing this week. Writing is a source of power. Our students will benefit from having strong voices, clear messages, and wide audiences in our quickly changing world.

Here’s a preview of what to expect from this week’s blog series:

Later today, I will talk about the ways we can use writing to stay in touch with people (beyond text messages). Tomorrow, Melanie will write about discovering and/or uncovering our feelings through writing. On Wednesday, Betsy will talk about the way writing can affect change. On Thursday, Beth will discuss the ways writing partners are a built-in audience that can give kids purpose. On Friday, Kathleen will help us think through ways to carve out time for authentic writing in an already jam-packed schedule. On Saturday, Lisa will discuss how writing can be shared widely. Finally, on Sunday, Deb will discuss writing and jotting around the classroom.

We’ll wrap-up this series next Monday night, February 6th, with a Twitter Chat that will start at 8:30 p.m., Eastern Time. We hope you will join us.


  • heard_cover_smallThis giveaway is for one copy of Heart Maps: Helping Students Create and Craft Authentic Writing by Georgia Heard. Many thanks to Heinemann for donating a copy of this book.
  • For a chance to win one copy of Heart Maps: Helping Students Create and Craft Authentic Writing, please leave a reaction to any post in the blog series, including this one, by Sunday, February 5th at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Lisa Keeler will use a random number generator to pick the winner, whose names she will announce in our blog series’ IN CASE YOU MISSED IT POST on Monday, February 6th.
  • You may leave one comment on every post in our Authentic Purposes for Writing blog series, which runs January 30th – February 5th.    
  • Please be sure to leave a valid e-mail address when you post your comment, so Stacey can contact you to obtain your mailing address if you win. From there, our contact at Heinemann will ship your book out to you.  (NOTE: Your e-mail address will not be published online if you leave it in the e-mail field only.)
    • Heinemann will only ship the book to a winner in the United States. If you live outside of the U.S. and wish to be considered for this giveaway, you must have a U.S. mailing address
  • If you are the winner of the book, Stacey will email you with the subject line of TWO WRITING TEACHERS – HEART MAPS. Please respond to her e-mail with your mailing address within five days of receipt. Unfortunately, a new winner will be chosen if a response isn’t received within five days of the giveaway announcement.