Today's K-12 students, or "digital natives," were born after the widespread adoption of digital technology and have the expectation that content will be delivered via digital devices. According to the Commission, only 28% of high school seniors are proficient in writing and they are not prepared for 21st century, college-career level writing. In order to address this crisis, it is essential that we rethink the way we engage these "digital natives" in writing in all content areas.
Writing across the curriculum engages students in all DoK levels, and a carefully executed schoolwide strategy for implementation can create a culture where students are expected to engage in deep analysis and construction of new knowledge on a regular basis. This can happen when students are given opportunities to write in all of their classes.