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Writing for Authentic Audiences

Writing and audience are intertwined. Yet too often student writing is read only by teachers and/or peers, even though it'd benefit from a broader readership. 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 an outlet for their writing as well as opportunities to engage with the writing of students from all over the world. These picks will motivate students by providing them with real-world, interest-driven opportunities for writing to reach real readers.

TweenTribune Visit Website: http://www.tweentribune.com
Trustworthy tween news site has cool classroom component
Grades K-12
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Price Free
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Harry Potter Reading Club Visit Website: http://hpread.scholastic.com
The fun and fantasy of Harry's world plus literary discussion
Grades 3-7
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Price Free
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Edublogs Visit Website: https://edublogs.org/
Customizable classroom blogs get students writing and collaborating
Grades 3-12
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Price Free, Paid
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Elegy for a Dead World Publisher: Popcannibal
Compelling sci-fi world imagined -- and written -- by its players
Grades 4-12
Type Game
Price $14.99
Platforms Mac, Windows
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NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program Visit Website: https://ywp.nanowrimo.org/
Wildly engaging contest turns students into novelists in 30 days
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
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LitPick Visit Website: http://www.litpick.com
Tweens' reviews of YA literature great for classroom use
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Textadventures.co.uk Visit Website: http://textadventures.co.uk/
Play or design text adventures, but creation can get technical
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Kaizena Visit Website: https://kaizena.com/
Make feedback count, save time assessing digital work on Google Drive
Grades 7-12
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Price Free
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Story Wars Visit Website: https://www.storywars.net/
Read, write, and vote on engaging collaborative storytelling site
Grades 7-12
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Price Free, Paid
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The Harry Potter Alliance Visit Website: http://www.thehpalliance.org
Fan site promotes real-world heroics with activism for social justice
Grades 7-12
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Price Free
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The Learning Network Visit Website: http://www.nytimes.com/learning
Process current events through engaging NYT-style lens
Grades 7-12
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Price Free
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Your Commonwealth Visit Website: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org
Engage with passionate international perspectives from youth
Grades 7-12
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Price Free
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Youth Voices Visit Website: https://www.youthvoices.live/
Vibrant online community hosts authentic student writing
Grades 7-12
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Price Free
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Figment Visit Website: http://www.figment.com
Active teen writing community offers valuable, authentic feedback
Grades 8-12
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Price Free
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Teen Ink Visit Website: http://www.teenink.com
Get kids writing, publishing, critiquing in this valuable network
Grades 8-12
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Price Free
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Write the World Visit Website: http://www.writetheworld.com
Global community helps young writers write, revise, think, and grow
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
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