Almost every time I try to get my students to write anything, I get hit with a wave of groans and sighs, and even some "It's not like I'm going to get a job sitting somewhere writing essays all day long!!" when I'm super-duper lucky. My students are also terrible about catching grammar mistakes in their own writing.
Ergo, this resource! I tried to create a real-world situation (drawing on a horrible boss I had at my own high school job). Students will first need to correct an error-riddled notice from their boss (focusing primarily on run-ons, fragments, and apostrophe errors, which are the 3 topics my own students struggle with the most). Then they need to write a letter of apology to that very same boss, who caught them in their smart-alecky ways. Their letters need to be two paragraphs long: first, explaining why they did what they did (they're more than free to make up whatever excuses they think will work best), and second, explaining why the boss should definitely *not* fire them. Before they hand their letter over to their boss, they'll need to make triple-sure that they haven't made any of the mistakes that they got in trouble for correcting on their boss's notice.
Look, I know that things don't necessarily work like this in the real world, but I'm hoping that having a writing assignment that's slightly more relevant to my students' lives will spark even the tiniest bit of interest in them.
Let me know what you think!