First-Year Preceptorial

Writing Center

Website Resources

  • Website on teaching writing in First-Year Seminars:  A WAC site from Colorado State that offers practical ideas to faculty on how to integrate writing into your course, design effective assignments, assign research, conduct peer review, respond to student writing, and more. 
  • Critical Thinking website:  A website for teaching argument through visual mapping.

Critical Reading and Discussion Questions

        Critical reading questions useful for any text, fiction or non-fiction

        Critical reading strategy: to show students how to think more about a text or idea

        Designing effective reading assignments: California State University Sacramento website

        Effective class discussions:  University of Oregon website

        Guide for Close Reading Literary Texts: Anu Jain

        Toulmin Argument Analysis Handout and Assignment :  Mary Mar

Assigning Writing

Assignment options 

Tips on preventing plagiarism

Teaching Features of Writing

Evaluating Writing

Campus Resources

  • Precept Lunch Discussions:  Tuesdays or Thursdays during fall and winter term, locations TBA

  • Schaffer Library: What is the role of Schaffer Library in the FYP?   Whether through formal instruction sessions that a Preceptor arranges with a members of the Schaffer Library professional staff or through the one-to-one exchanges that take place at the Library’s Reference Desk, the role of the Library is to help First-year students adjust their approach to information gathering so that is consistent with how research is carried out in a college-level academic setting. 

  • Writing Center:  Writing tutors are available to work with your students.

    • Sun-Thurs 7-10 pm  Mon-Fri 2:30-5pm.  Fridays 2-4:30 pm.  226 Shaffer Library

  • Consultant: Director of Writing Services, Mary Mar, will answer faculty questions or provide help designing effective assignments, responding to writing, dealing with students with writing difficulties, etc. 

  • Faculty Survey:  Your colleagues' views on student writing (1999 survey).