2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

Authenticity in High School English Student Writing

Margaret L. Mitchell♦
Dr. Barbara Price, Dr. Summer Pennell, and Dr. Adam Davis, Faculty Mentors

While teaching students formulas for writing can help them master formal writing, it can be detrimental to the levels of authenticity -- writing with their own voice -- students are putting into their writing. Students can begin to feel negatively towards writing because they are not able to be themselves or write about what they want. As a student, I was beginning to fall into this pattern of not writing authentically. The only time I was writing authentically was when I was journaling or writing reflectively. Building on my own experience,  I wanted to ask the research question, “How does reflective writing impact a student’s ability to write authentically in all forms of writing?” Through the process of having students reflectively write daily I was able to find answers to this question by measuring stamina for writing through length, and positive feelings towards writing through a post-research survey answered by students.


Keywords: English, Education, Discovery Draft, Braindump, Reflective Writing, Authentic Writing

English MAE Intern
English, Secondary MAE Research

Presentation Type: Asynchronous Virtual Oral Presentation

Session: 9-5
Location: https://flipgrid.com/4edc694a
Time: 0:00

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