The academic task assigned to students often dictates what the student will learn, and it plays a vital role of student’s motivation and engagement of learning (Turner & Paris, 1995). Thus, the creation and usage of authentic literacy tasks is critical for students’ learning (Parsons, Malloy, Parsons, & Burrowbridge, 2015). There are three types of motivation to consider: intrinsic motivation, extrinsic motivation, and autonomous motivation. The use of authenticity, student choice, collaboration, and challenge are all components within a task that can promote student engagement and motivation. Project-Based Learning (PBL) is another way to bring in authenticity. Project-based instruction allows students participate in assignments that are challenging, provide voice and choice, and produce a product that has a purpose beyond school (Parsons, Metzger, Askew, & Carswell, 2010). Several examples and lessons are given to provide insight on how to incorporate different components of authentic tasks.
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Rothfusz, C. (2020). Creating authentic literacy tasks influences children's engagement and motivation. Innovations and Critical Issues in Teaching and Learning 1(2), 1-20. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/icitl/vol1/iss2/1
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