10-second review: From a study entitled Writing, Technology and Teens from the National Commission on Writing and the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
Title: “I Hear America Writing: NCTE’s National Day on Writing.” Sandy Hayes. Voices from the Middle (September 2009), pp. 46-47.
What encourages teens to write? Topics relevant to their own lives and experiences. When teachers and adults challenge them. When detailed feedback on their work is provided. Having an audience for their work.
Outside of school, in what format do students write? 64% in a journal. 32% short writing. 35% write creatively. 16% audio, video or use presentation software. 8% essays.
For the National Day of Writing, what could students write? Interviews. Reviews of books, movies, video games. Sports-related pieces. Blogs. Personal essays. The first chapters of novels.