Honors Projects


Jenna DunnFollow


Current research suggests that students’ enjoyment of writing will positively impact their writing achievement (Graham, 2007; Bulut, 2017). Given this trend, the following study explores the extent to which quickwriting, a teaching strategy developed extensively by Linda Rief (2003, 2018) as well as Donald Graves & Penny Kittle (2005), impacts the attitudes of reluctant writers. A total of nineteen eleventh-grade students were interviewed in three focus groups. All of the students within the study experienced three weeks of regular classroom quickwriting along with one week of a quickwriting extension workshop prior to participation in the focus groups. Students were asked about their feelings towards writing and quickwriting. Student responses were analyzed predominantly for changes in writing disposition. While two thirds of focus group participants expressed either general dislike or conditional enjoyment for writing prior to the quickwriting unit, findings suggest that quickwriting has strong potential to improve students’ enjoyment of writing, regardless of initial levels of reluctance.


Adolescent Young Adult


Integrated Language Arts Education

First Advisor

Timothy Murnen

First Advisor Department

School of Teaching and Learning

Second Advisor

Amy Rybak

Second Advisor Department


Publication Date

Spring 4-27-2022