In the Writing Next report, literacy experts note that “along with reading comprehension, writing skill is a predictor of academic success and a basic requirement for participation in civic life and in the global economy” (Graham & Perin, 2007). Drawing on the work of the Writing Next report, Robb (2010) provides some essential recommendations for increasing students’ writing achievement:
- Students need to write daily to learn to write well
- Students need opportunities to apply what they have learned about writing genres, craft, and technique from the texts they read to their own writing
- During the school year, students have opportunities to write for a variety of purposes and audiences as part of their coursework across all content areas. However, in the summer months, this daily writing habit may not be maintained
To help schools encourage students to continue developing as writers during the summer, the Office of Middle & Secondary Learning would like to present and fund a summer writing challenge for students in Grades 6-12.