2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference


Exploring the Unique Stresses of DoDDS Students Through Writer's Notebooks
Kelli M. Best♦
Dr. Jeff Gall, Faculty Mentor

Many prominent language arts specialists have explored the idea of “writer’s notebooks”. Students write in these notebooks on a consistent basis, using them from anything to reflection on literature, creative writing, or personal journaling. During my teaching internship, I applied the use of writer’s notebooks to a specific population, that of DoDDS (Department of Defense Dependent’s Schools) students. These students, largely the children of American servicemen/women stationed abroad, experience stresses unique to their living situation, such as frequent relocations, residence in a foreign country, and lengthy deployment of a parent. Through my utilization of writer’s notebooks in my high school language arts classroom, I discovered that many students felt daily personal writing had a positive effect on their mental and emotional well-being.

Keywords: DoDDS, Language Arts, High School, Journalling


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 1-2
Location: OP 2115
Time: 8:45

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