The Teacher Tip
Determining the Writer's True Intention
January 10, 2018
Adapted from Reimagining Writing Assessment by Maja Wilson.
How are the writer’s intentions engaged throughout the writing process?
- What motivated the act of writing?
- What was the interplay between internal and external (and intrinsic and extrinsic) motivations?
- What influenced the writer’s intentions as she wrote?
- How were big and small decisions influenced by the writer’s intentions?
How does the writer use her sense of audience to make decisions throughout the writing process?
- What is the author’s relationship with readers – and her understanding of them?
- How does the writer’s relationship with her audience (self and others, real and imagined) affect her writing process, in positive and negative ways?
- How does the writer negotiate her relationship with the audience to solve problems, push forward, or revise?
What’s the writer’s relationship with the medium – its nature, characteristics, limitations, and possibilities?
- In what ways does the writer notice and respond to the nature of the medium?
- How does the writer struggle with the limitations of the medium – and what results from that struggle?
- How does the writer let the medium’s limitations and possibilities shape her intentions and decisions as she writes?
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