Effective adolescent writing experiences

Adolescents are engaged in a variety of out of class writing experiences in their personal worlds. Through qualitative descriptive methods, this study documented the in-class writing experiences of 28 seventh grade students participating in a process writing approach classroom. An approach offering a recursive process of idea generating, drafting, writing and revising. The students wrote about topics and genres of their choice. The following patterns emerged from the research: Students gained confidence in their writing, their writing was purposeful, the ideas for their writing shaped their decision of format, choice was important, and teachers and books were the most helpful elements to the students in their writing. Keywords: Adolescent writers, process writing approach, choice, audience and purpose