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Writing Across the Disciplines: Getting Better Essays from
Transcript of Writing Across the Disciplines: Getting Better Essays from
“A principal cause
of poor writing received
from students is the assignment….
Far too many teachers blame
the students for poor writing
when the fault lies with the
or lack of instructions.”
, not added on,
to the learning in the course
the writing tasks
of the discipline or profession
Provide guided practice in the
language of the discipline
Chris and Annemarie’s top five strategies
for getting better writing out of students...
Writing Across the Disciplines: Getting Better Essays from Students
Chris Rubio and Annemarie Hamlin
of other professionals and scholars
(more information rather than less)
Get the librarians
research is required
next time as you are grading
Evaluate these assignments...
Pick five, recent
scholarly articles and
write a summary of each.
Due the last week of class.
Create an essay on any
ethics of journalism topic
of your choice. It is due
the last day of class.
Your paper should be typewritten,
double-spaced and be
approximately 6 to 8 pages long.
A two page summary (outline)
is due in class
the week before
library research paper
due the last day of class.
Select a topic that interests
you from the term’s
readings and lectures.
In pairs or trios,
share the assignments that you
brought with you today
(or one in your handout we haven't discussed).
How well do they stack up to
the list on page one of your handout?
Analyze their strengths and
weaknesses and prepare
to share those with the group.
Workshop handouts (see folders)
Annemarie and Chris (department visits?)
Teaching Commons website
And don’t forget to refer your students
to the Writing Center
(available at all campuses)
Set aside time for peer review