The students met at Sparks Middle School to help each other to become experts in particular subjects. Research shows that student writers who become their own authorities have a greater chance of improving their writing by focusing on a task and audience at their own level. This assignment is similar to writing activities being developed by other Washoe County School District teachers to develop an 11th and 12th grade curriculum that will be implemented next fall.
In fall 2010, two junior classes of TMCC High School teacher Launie Gardner and four classes of Sparks Middle School teacher Dianne Edwards participated in a writing exchange.
During the fall semester, the students introduced themselves in writing and the juniors wrote stories about a previous educational experience that influenced the types of students they are today. On Friday, their exchanges culminated by meeting each other in person and strengthening their writing skills.