Of the 5 boys in question, one was particularly motivated by his project and was self managing, reflective and innovative throughout the project. Although usually, he does not go out of his way to get his writing to a sufficient standard, on this occasion he made the effort to review his writing with a view to reaching the standard in content and structure as well as language and surface features. He did reach the standard.
Three of the remaining boys showed writing in the same time period which met the standard. Although motivated by their projects, no-one else was sufficiently motivated to improve their writing, during the project. Actually, writing is not normally too much of a difficulty as the students know their rubric and clearly know what they have to do to achieve and most will make the effort to make that happen. On this occasion, if anything, they were less motivated to write to a good standard. This observation led to the next part of the action research which can be seen on action research 3.