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Tools That Build Real-World Writing Skills
Writing and audience are intertwined. Yet too often student writing never leaves the classroom. When writing is read only by students' teachers and/or peers, they don't benefit from real-world reception and impact. Elevating student voice beyond the classroom can be invigorating, and by writing more publicly, students learn how to tune each piece to its readers. Authentic audiences provide students with valuable feedback and the pride of knowing that what they've produced is being enjoyed. We've curated some of the best tools that give students a real-world outlet for their writing as well as opportunities to engage with the writing of students from all over the globe. Some tools let students participate in positive communities, others task students with sharing their stories or projects, and some even have junior reporter or media creator programs. No matter the tool, each motivates students and provides them with authentic, interest-driven opportunities to connect with real readers.