- 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
Designing effective assignments Colorado State website
Creating Effective Assignments M.I.T. website
Writing Program Administrators (WPA) Statement on Plagiarism: What it is, what are the causes, and best practices for instructors to use to prevent plagiarism.
Teaching Features of Writing
- Features of academic writing
- Thesis statements
- Conferencing with Students
- Four Commandments Hugh Jenkins
- Keywords for essay writers Hugh Jenkins
- Checklist for Grammar and Style Steve Sargent
- Commenting on Student Writing
- Responding to Non-Native speakers
- Grading Standards for Essays
- Rhetorical Grading Standards for Essays Mary Mar
- Short Guide to Academic Grading Standards
- Writing Rubric / Grading Sheet Mary Mar
- Template for Common Paper Comments Anu Jain
- Peer Revision handout with comments by the instructor Katherine Lynes
- Self-Assessment handout with comments by the instructor Katherine Lynes
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).