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Essay 2.15 (1)

Essay 3.15

essay 4 mini research paper

Shared by Barb Bird

I have found that students really like having a lot of choices for essays. I used to just leave it open-ended (topic could be anything related in any way to our readings), but I found that that much openness actually froze students’ minds instead of helping them. So every year I work on crafting another really strong option for each essay (I still have several options in each of these essay assignments that need better crafting).

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Six-credit Reading and Writing Course

Syllabus

Unit Project One — Education Autobiography

Unit Project Two — Placeography

Unit Project Three — Education Narrative

Unit Project Four — Argument

Unit Project 5 — I-Search

Shared by Jeremy Branstad

I follow a pretty traditional assignment sequence by transitioning from experience-based writing to source-based writing as the semester progresses. Students really seem to enjoy the placeography (unit 2), literacy narrative (unit 3) and i-search paper (unit 5) assignments. I’ll probably cut the fourth unit to make time for other things, maybe an audio essay, if I run the course again. I’m told that my assignments can look like a bit of a bear, at least in comparison to what students in my course levels at community colleges are sometimes assigned. I’m a pretty friendly person and I run safe, relaxed, and portfolio-based courses were students are encouraged to take risks, make mistakes, and grow.

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Digital Visual Argument (Four-Letter Word Project)

Digital Visual Arguments

Sample Student Projects here and here

Shared by Ethna Lay

Writing instruction changes exponentially as the technologies for writing change. Sensitive to this need to address a rapidly flexing pedagogy, I have designed a digital, visual argument assignment for my first-year writing students. The project involves making an argument as a visual montage followed by a verbal, written reflection considering whether images can do what words do, and the converse query, can words do what images do.

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Small Object, Large Subject Essay

Small Object Large Subject

Shared by Ethna Lay

With inspiration from/credit to Adam Gopnik’s introduction to the volume of Best American Essays of 2008

The small object/LARGE SUBJECT essay is often an easy way for students to embark on cultural criticism.  I’d tag it “new media,” as its relevance to this site hinges on the productive role of the affordances of technology like prezi for basic writers during the invention process.

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Incorporating Sources

Incorporating Sources

Shared by Liz Rohan

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

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The Language of Education

The Language of Education

Shared by Sarah Tsai

This essay assignment invites students to identify, research, and unpack the pedagogical and administrative buzzwords that play a role in their school’s official documents (and marketing!).

Preparatory activity also posted here.

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Dear Abby

Dear Abby

Shared by Sarah Tsai

With inspiration from/credit to Arley McNeney

This activity prepares students to look at arguments from multiple perspectives–to “acknowledge the opposition.”

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