Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Teacher Education

First Advisor

Margaret Moore-Hart


“Writing is more than just recording; it is the process of developing a story or idea. It allows us to represent our life experiences and claim them as our own while giving them meaning” (Calkins, 1994, p.4). Every student should be given the opportunity to view writing as a way to “represent life experiences.” To give students this experience, teachers must show their students that they see the value in and potential joy of writing.