Are your history students writing "lol" in their essays? Are their lab reports riddled with emojis? Take a day to define what formal, academic writing looks like and avoid these headaches all year.
This lesson is appropriate for middle and high school students and takes only one class period. Students explore when and why certain styles of writing are appropriate depending on purpose and audience, take notes during a discussion about academic writing rules, and work with a partner or small group to identify and write a paragraph in an appropriate formal style.