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Writing in the 21st Century: Writing between the Lines and Everywhere Else

Date: April 23, 2009

Summary: This report, one of a series from NCTE calling for support for 21st century writing instruction, concludes that 21st century literacy demands technological proficiency, collaborative problem solving skills, and an ability to work with multiple streams of information and multimedia texts.

 

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Perhaps students are right and there is little correlation between writing that one does for academic purposes and everyday literacy practices outside of school. But if that is true, we are missing an opportunity. By bringing together a portrait of the kinds of writing that matter to everyday citizens with tips and insights on how to write well, at least we should better understand the gap between formal and informal writing. And at best, we can begin to make real progress toward changing the school writing experience to better prepare students for a future that is sure to include ever-more-complex tools and purposes for writing.

Copyright © 2009 by the National Council of Teachers of English. Posted with permission.
National Council of Teachers of English. 2009, March. Writing between the Lines—and Everywhere Else. Urbana, IL.

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