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Writing Assignments in the Disciplines

Below are writing assignments created by faculty participating in Daytona State College’s WAC/WID Professional Development Program. In developing the assignments, faculty were guided by important principles of WAC/WID pedagogy:

  • Scaffolding writing assignments. Students need support and time to build skills in order to tackle increasingly more complex writing situations and critical thinking tasks. Scaffolded writing assignments are sequenced to provide students the opportunity to apply previously acquired knowledge and skills to new, more challenging, writing assignments.
  • Clear rhetorical context. Providing students with a purpose, targeted audience, and genre helps students learn to think like expert writers who make composing decisions based on their rhetorical situations. Recent scholarship has also shown that helping students think rhetorically about writing helps them transfer knowledge from one writing situation to another (Beaufort, 2007; Carter, 2007; Carroll, 2002) and avoid “cognitively immature” essay structures (Bean, 2011).
  • Transparent grading criteria. When instructors articulate their expectations to students early on—on assignment sheets, for example—students can spend more time on task and instructors can coach student writers more efficiently by offering pointed, revision-orientated feedback that expressly references established expectations. Clear grading criteria also empowers students to help each other, whether during a formal peer review session or informal collaboration.
  • Opportunities for collaboration, revision, and feedback. Writing is a dynamic process that is best facilitated when instructors offer feedback during the writing process, build in “interactive components” (Bean, 2011) like peer review or individual or group conferences, and allow students opportunities to revise. Both the NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) and the WPA (Writing Program Administrators) highlight these strategies as being key to deep learning.

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Last updated: 2014-08-04T21:12:57.749Z