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Writing Center

For Our Faculty

Read on for tips and information about general writing processes that you can integrate into your course design and class instruction.

Teaching Argument 

Building a Good Thesis Statement 

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.

Handout on Thesis Statements and Arguments 

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.

Teaching Students to Read Analytically in Order to Write Analytically

Moving from Reading to Write Notes to Topic Sentences 

A practical tool with tips and strategies for helping students move from analytical reading to reading-to-write notes, evidence charts, and topic sentences.

Teaching Students to Edit for Grammar and Style

Grammar/Style Chart with References, Exercises, and Examples

An extended chart containing common errors, examples, tips and references, and links to online exercises.

10 Tips for Effective Editing 

Accompanied by explanations and references to Strunk & White’s Elements of Style.

Suggestions for Developing a Grammar Grading Philosophy

A chart detailing three different approaches to grading grammar and suggestions for how to combine them. 

Teaching the Research Paper and Process

Stages of the Research Paper 

Delineates five stages of the research process, detailing goals, helpful strategies, and outcomes for each stage. 

Assignment: CWR 100 Research Paper 

A look at the revisions of a College Writing 100 research paper assignment with comments on the pros and cons of different edits.

Teaching with Response Papers

Understanding and Re-Inventing the Response Paper 

Contains a discussion of the concept of the response paper, its specific use at Lake Forest College, strategies to re-focus the response paper, and tips on assigning it.

Assignment: CWR 100 Response Paper on Waiting For Superman

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

Crafting a Good Prompt 

Principles of Assignment Writing 

General suggestions to improve the overall clarity and effectiveness of written assignments.

Short Writing Assignment Tips

A short list of key elements short assignments should contain.

Informal Writing Assignments

Examples of different kinds of informal writing exercises to help students brainstorm and move toward drafting.

Sample Assignments from Lake Forest College Courses

Assignment: COMM 110:  Analysis of the Phaedrus

Assignment: HIST 204: Document Analysis

Assignment: HIST 110: World Civilizations

Suggestions for Commenting on Student Writing

Assessing and Commenting on Essay Structure

Helping Students Meet Your Writing Expectations

Making Comments on Student Drafts

Grading and Assessing Student Writing

Rubric Form 

Ready-to-use sample form that can be adapted to your own requirements if necessary.

General Grading Criteria: The Essay

Grading Rubric: Anthropology of Sports 

Grading Rubrics: BIO 344: Animal Behavior 

Supporting International and Bilingual Students

Faculty members can better meet their international and bilingual students’ needs by understanding the ways in which English language learners relate to and work with language.

What to Expect: International versus U.S. Students

Considering Cultural Differences in Academic Writing Conventions

Strategies for Building Confidence in Writers Developing Fluency

Addressing U.S. Academic Vocabulary, Grammar, and Voice

Giving Appropriate and Useful Feedback on Writing 

Setting and Communicating Reasonable Expectations 

Helping International Students Use Sources Responsibly 

Helpful Practices for Working with International/Bilingual Students and Their Tutors 

Helpful Research

Expressive Writing and Learning 

Informal Writing in History Survey Courses

Writing-to-Learn in Foreign Language Classes