Handouts and Guides

Moments of Awesomeness

Shared by Lynn Reid

After grading a batch of papers early in the semester, I create a handout that includes one awesome thing from each person’s paper. “Moments of Awesomeness” acknowledges writing successes publicly and also provides models of effective student writing.

Fall 2015 Book List

Book List (updated August 2014)

Shared by Elizabeth Baldridge

This is my updated book list used for the first part of the joy reading component of my course.  Students choose their first joy reading book from this list (subsequent books just have to get my approval).

Editing vs. Revising

Shared by Isabel Quintana Wulf

I made a couple of videos to show my students the difference between editing (cosmetic changes) and revising (structural changes)—I used Jing, a TechSmith software you can download for free. In the first video (http://www.screencast.com/t/3KDBv1wXFdu) , I show an example of editing using a sample student introduction for an essay and Track Changes in Word. I edit the writing (somewhat) and make the sentences more functional—of course, the intro still does not work. In the second video (http://www.screencast.com/t/uhkpj1d1), I talk the students through what revision actually would look like for that intro (moving parts around, eliminating parts, adding more context…). Maybe you can use this to demonstrate the difference between editing and revising in class?

Revision flowchart F11 color (1) and Revision flowchart F11 black and white

Shared by Isabel Quintana Wulf

I created this revision flowchart to help my students revise their essays. It can be used in different ways: students can start at the beginning and follow the chart step-by-step or they can start at any “Examine…” bubble. It asks them to consider different parts of the essay and what they need to double check in them. I made a color copy .pdf to post on the course site and a black and white .pdf to print and copy for the students.

Anatomy of an Essay

Shared by Isabel Quintana Wulf

This is a handout I created to show a basic breakdown of the parts of an essay. You can use it as you go over each part or you can use it as a summary once you have gone over all the parts of the essay. Feel free to modify it to your needs!

PEAS Model for Body Paragraphs

Shared by James P. Purdy

This handout describes the PEAS paragraph model–Point, Evidence, Analysis, and So what?–a content-based tool for understanding and creating academic paragraphs.

Incorporating Sources

Shared by Liz Rohan

This handout shows students different methods for incorporating sources, considering various rhetorical purposes for the source material.

Slow and Show

Shared by Elizabeth Baldridge

This handout explains two important tools for good narrative writing:  pacing and showing (instead of just telling).

TED

Shared by Elizabeth Baldridge

This is the tool that I designed to get students to create well-developed paragraphs (for non-narrative papers).  At the bottom of the assignment guidelines for those papers, I also explain to students how TED would work in the given paper.

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