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Read on for tips and information about general writing processes that you can integrate into your course design and class instruction.
Teaching Argument Structure
A handout to guide students in generating and developing thesis statements containing definitions, examples, and revision strategies. Also details the difference between thesis and purpose statements.
Developed by Assistant Professor Josh Corey, summarized from Diane Hacker’s Writing About Literature. Presents concepts and examples for theses, as well as a discussion on forms of argument.
Developed by Assistant Professor Rachel Whidden, this is an in-class workshop exercise with thesis statement and argument samples.
Teaching Students to Read Analytically in Order to Write Analytically
A practical tool with tips and strategies for helping students move from analytical reading to reading-to-write notes, evidence charts, and topic sentences.
Advice on how to prepare and demonstrate critical reading in class.
Teaching Students to Edit for Grammar and Style
A chart detailing errors in grammar and punctuation with relevant pages of the Diana Hacker Style Guide.
An extended chart containing common errors, examples, tips and references, and links to online exercises.
Accompanied by explanations and references to Strunk & White’s Elements of Style.
A chart detailing three different approaches to grading grammar and suggestions for how to combine them.
Five ways to avoid gender bias as a writer and three additional resources.
Teaching the Research Paper and Process
Delineates five stages of the research process, detailing goals, helpful strategies, and outcomes for each stage.
A look at the revisions of a College Writing 100 research paper assignment with comments on the pros and cons of different edits.
Developed for CWR100, it contains the highlights of APA in-text citation and practice exercises.
Teaching with Response Papers
Contains a discussion of the concept of the response paper, its specific use in Lake Forest College, strategies to re-focus the response paper, and tips on assigning it.
A look at the multiple revisions of a College Writing 100 response paper assignment with comments on the pros and cons of different structures.
Assignment Design Models and Tips
General suggestions to improve the overall clarity and effectiveness of written assignments.
Crafting a Good Prompt (PDF)
A short list of key elements short assignments should contain.
Examples of different kinds of informal writing exercises and ways in which they can be utilized in class.
Sample Assignments from Lake Forest College Courses
A model WC tutor guide for assignments. Consider designing one for your upper division courses so that clients can make the most of Writing Center appointments.
Suggestions for Commenting on Student Writing
Grading and Assessing Student Writing
Rubric Form (PDF)
Ready-to-use sample form that can be adapted to your own requirements if necessary.