WHY SHOULD YOU ADD WRITING TO YOUR COURSE?
Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That’s why it’s so hard.” – David McCullough
If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. ~ Albert Einstein
WRITING CAN HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR INSTRUCTIONAL GOALS.
- You can check in on things in a casual informal way.
- You can scaffold students as they navigate a major project.
- You can do quick checks for understanding
- You can actively engage students in different ways.
Writing tips, activities, and resources are grouped into the four categories:
CRITICAL THINKING Activities that require students to think deeply, take positions and support them, be more actively engaged, and make connections
MANAGING ASSIGNMENTS Strategies that you can use to help yourself and your students manage assignments, including assignment design, checklists, scaffolding, and ways to use writing efficiently
CONTENT Activities that require students to actively engage with course content, recreate concepts in different ways, reflect on learning, and review ideas and content for better retention
ASSESSMENT Writing activities that can provide a wide range of assessment information to inform your teaching, from informal feedback on the course to formative assessments of content to deeper research-based writing
Features indicate estimated investment each activity might require as well as suggested formats.
This website is an outgrowth of the work of Faculty Writing Support Mentors to facilitate writing in courses across campus.
Need more help? Contact the Faculty Writing Support Mentors!