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Dawn Reed is a secondary English teacher at Okemos High School in Okemos, Michigan. She earned her Masters of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing at Michigan State University. She is a Co-Director of Red Cedar Writing Project.  Dawn is interested in teaching with technology and new media literacy. Some of her other interests include the writing process including the ways in which digital and visual literacies impact the writing process. Dawn is co-author of Research Writing Rewired: Lessons that Ground Students’ Digital Learning  and Real Writing: Modernizing the Old School Essay. Follow her @dawnreed.

Writing Project Site

Red Cedar Writing Project


Okemos Public Schools






Research papers often get a bad reputation. But we conduct research all the time in our everyday lives. Whether we want to understand civic issues or make a major life purchase, we need research skills to sift through all the information. Research writing skills students practice in the classroom need to transfer to their lives too. The most powerful opportunities for this kind of academic learning to transfer to lifelong skills happens when students have some degree of choice about the topics and texts they will study, are able to socially construct new meaning from shared experience, and to demonstrate their skills in both writing and through other media.


4TDW, digital writing, Research Writing, Research Writing Rewired, digital tools, inquiry
Sep 25, 2016
by Dawn Reed

by Dawn Reed

I believe in the power of voice. As an English Language Arts teacher, I value voice in writing, speaking, and as a means to critical thinking or engaging in ideas. I want my students to know they have something to contribute and can insert their “oar” in life’s many conversations.

audio recording, audience, authenticity, blog, composition, podcasting, purpose, speech, voice
Jun 15, 2010
by Dawn Reed

In 2007 I found myself teaching a speech class for the first time. As I excitedly prepared for this teaching experience, I reflected on times when students gave speeches in my English courses. Often I found students didn't remember what they said in the speech they delivered. At times, they questioned my comments about any content they missed or how their voice and tone sounded during their presentation. It's easy to see how that would happen, public speaking is a common fear and with adrenaline, it's harder to tell how we might deliver something when we cannot see ourselves or hear ourselves as an audience would.

digital literacy, learning, podcasting, reflection, student interview
Apr 30, 2013
by Dawn Reed