As instructors, we engage in the writing process each time we prepare an assignment sheet for our students. The more effectively we communicate a writing assignment's rhetorical context to our students, the more satisfied we and our students will be with the writing process and the texts produced. This begins with our understanding of the rhetorical context for the assignment sheets we prepare.
A more detailed discussion of assignment writing appears under How Do I Write an Effective Assignment?. In this section, we briefly consider purpose, audience, and focus for assignment writing.