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The College Writing Toolkit

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Every writing teacher needs a toolkit of good lesson plans and inspiring assignments. The College Writing Toolkit is just such a practical resource, offering practical tools for both new and experienced teachers seeking to expand their professional repertoire. The College Writing Toolkit provides a collection of “tried and tested” methods and techniques for eliciting and working on students’ writing in a college or university environment. Contributors from all over the world reflect on best practices for teaching writing and for generating writing assignments that help college or university students to learn and to express themselves with confidence, clarity, and originality and in a range of genres.

Each contribution is written in a format specifying the theoretical and conceptual framework of the pedagogical activity, its purpose, audience, and intended outcomes. Contributors also describe the situations in which the activity has been tried, what the results have been, and how the activity has been modified accordingly. An important aspect of the descriptions is the contributors’ reflections on the value of the activity and their recommendations for applying it for best results in the same and different types of contexts, such as for different types of institutions and audiences of students. Those who incorporate the practices of The College Writing Toolkit in their own teaching can therefore benefit from another practitioner’s understanding and experience gained from refining an activity over time to enhance its effectiveness.

College and university writing teachers can use and creatively adapt these activities to help their students improve their writing process, use writing as a mode of thought and reflection, master writing genres, and write effectively in their course assignments. The College Writing Toolkit is a resource for both novice and experienced writing teachers looking to try something different or new in their classes with a knowledge of a previous context in which it has been successful. By using the practical tools in The College Writing Toolkit, college/university writing teachers can expand their repertoire while gaining experience that connects them to the practices of others in the field in the ongoing expansion and refinement of the tools of the writing trade.

Published: Jun 1, 2011

Book Contributors


Section Chapter Authors
Editor's Preface Pauline Burton, Martha Pennington
Contributors Martha Pennington, Pauline Burton
1. Tools of the Trade: The College Writing Teacher in a New Age Pauline Burton, Martha Pennington
Part 1. Writing from Personal Experience
2. The Personal Essay as a Tool to Teach Academic Writing Olivia Archibald
3. Snapshots of our Literacies Michelle Cox, Katherine Tirabassi
4. Empowering Basic Writers Through "This I Believe" Essays Molly Moran
5. Local Heroes, Local Voices Pauline Burton
6. A Funny Thing Happened to Me: Introducing Oneself Through Humor Martha Pennington
Part 2. Argumentation and Writing from Sources
7. The "Delayed Thesis" Essay: Enhancing Rhetorical Sensitivity by Exploring Doubts and Refutations Sara Hillin
8. Literature-with Exposition: A Critical Thinking and Writing Assignment Gita DasBender
9. Paraphrase Integration Task: Increasing Authenticity of Practice in Using Academic Sources Zuzana Tomas
10. Teaching Critique Writing: A Scaffolded Approach Nahla Bacha
Part 3. Writing for Specific Contexts
11. Academic Discourse Community Mini-Ethnography Dan Melzer
12. Using Writing Across the Curriculum Exercises to Teach Critical Thinking and Writing Robert Smart, Suzanne Hudd, Andrew Delohery
13. Writing the "Professional": A Model for Teaching Project Management in a Writing Course Sky Marsen
14. Writing for an Authentic Audience Kate Kessler
Part 4. Interactive and Self Assessment of Writing
15. The Write Path: Guiding Writers to Self-Reliance Lisa Nazarenko, Gillian Schwartz
16. Conference-based Writing Assessment and Grading Robert Koch
Part 5. Working with Technology in the Writing Class
17. Scavenger Hunt: A Model for Digital Composing Processes Sally Chandler, Mark Sutton
18. Virtual Mediation: Audio-Enhanced Feedback for Student Writing Carter Winkle
19. Academic Writing in the Foreign Language Class: Wikis and Chats at Work Ana Oskoz, Idoia Elola
End Matter
Subject Index Martha Pennington, Pauline Burton
Author Index Martha Pennington, Pauline Burton

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