Components of a Strong Paper

This handout outlines the components that are found in a scientific paper, such as the abstract, hypothesis, and methods section. 

CRAFT & MMAPs (Prezi)

CRAFT & MMAPs are acronyms for the concepts students should consider when working on a wiring assignment. CRAFT standing for: Context, Role, Audience, Format, and Topic. MMAPs standing for: Mode, Media, Audience, Purpose, and Situation. 

CRAFT (Prezi)

CRAFT is an acronym for the concepts that writers should keep in mind when responding to a writing assignment: Context, Role, Audience, Format, and Topic.  

Effective Arguments (Prezi)

This presentation can show students how  to effectively layer their persuasive argument, while keeping their audience in mind. 

The Importance of "Percolating"

Sharilyn Steadman looks into Tom Romano's notion of "Percolating," and how it can be applicable to teaching writing. Within the text are examples of in-class activities where "percolating” was used effectively. 

An Invitation to Join the Conversation

This in-class activity gives students the opportunity to work in groups to better understand different stances on an argument. 

Plan of Action

This handout can provide students with an opportunity to plan out when, where, and how they will complete a given assignment. 

Academic Synthesis

The academic synthesis can lead students through the different stages of conducting research. This handout provides steps to building an annotated bibliography and then turning them into a synthesis to be used for writing academic papers. 

Coding & Analyzing Information (Prezi)

This presentation can show students the strategies for analyzing and interpreting the data they collect from their various research topics. 

Literature Review and Synthesis (Prezi)

This presentation can breakdown how students can appraise a literature review and how they can apply this into an academic synthesis. 

Analyzing Grammar Rants

Kenneth Lindblom and Patricia A. Dunn make the argument against the standard method of teaching grammar by analyzing different examples of common grammar misunderstandings. 

Error Types & Strategies

This handout can provide students with a way to recognize their errors and strategies on how to correct them. 

Grammar Rants

Parallel Structure

Parallel structuring can show students how to maintain speech pattern in their writing to make their language more cohesive.  

Paramedic Method: Concise Writing

The Paramedic method can help students eliminate redundancies in their writing, while helping them truncate their own sentences to become more concise. 

Paramedic Method 2.0: Less Wordy, More Concise

This handout outlines the paramedic method and the reverse paramedic method, which can be used by students to correct redundancy in their writing. 

Revising for Clarity and Conciseness

These activités can help students recognize the wordiness in their writing and help them develop strategies for eliminating unnecessary passive voice. 

Revision Through Lenses

This exercise can allow students to identify errors in their writing and offers them a creative way to revise them. 

Strategies for Revising Your Writing

This handout offers students strategies and tips on how to revise their own academic writing. 

Teaching Transitions

Andrew Bates outlines a metaphor of carrying a TV down a set of stairs that has huge gaps. He uses this metaphor to convey to his students the need for evenly spaced transitions.    

Cognitive Coaching

Cognitive coaching can give insight into the thought process through metacognition. This handout outlines metacognition and offers examples for how an instructor could utilize it. 

CRAFT & MMAPs

This handout outlines CRAFT and MMAPs for students, showing them how they can be used to create effective writing. 

Critical Thinking Checklist

This handout is designed to show students the processes behind critical thinking, such as identifying what is important and looking for different perspectives. 

Dynamic Criteria Mapping

Dynamic criteria mapping is an in-class activity that can help students better understand the qualities an instructor values in writing. This handout provides specific instructions on how to perform this, and offers insight on how DCM can help students writing. 

Debriefing the Thinking Process

Debriefing is a closing activity to be done at the end of class, which can offer insight into the student thought process. By debriefing in class, students can better understand their own thought process and learn strategies to improve. 

Draw Your Writing Process

Exit Slips

These exit slips can be used at the end of class to better understand what knowledge students are taking away from class. 

Mapping an Essay

This handout offers instructions for students on how to map out their essays, so they can edit for clarity on their own. 

Metacognition Map

This visual display shows how metacognition links to meta-comprehension, meta-memory, problem solving, and critical thinking. 

Metacognitive Strategies

This link provides instructors with different metacognitive strategies, and how an instructor can use them in a classroom setting. 

Plan of Action

This handout can provide students with an opportunity to plan out when, where, and how they will complete a given task. 

Reflective Cycle (Prezi)

This Prezi shows students the steps of the reflective cycle, including: Description, Feelings, Evaluation, Description, Conclusion, and the Action Plan. 

Self Evaluation

This handout provides students with question they can ask themselves in their own writing during the writing process.  

Examining a Mentor Text

This handout allows students to fill in a diagram to see how the elements of CRAFT work together in a digital inquiry. 

Twitter & Facebook Exit Slips

These exit slips act in an interface that students are familiar with, and allows them to practice condensed writing with limited space for characters. 

What Makes a Good Reflection

This handout provides eight helpful tips for writing to reflect that can help outline strong elements of a personal reflection. 

Writer Memo - Assignment

This handout allows students to reflect on their own writing process, while practicing a format that they may not be familiar with that forces them to condense their writing style.

Writer Memo - Example

This link provides instructors with examples of two different assignments they could use with their students: the cover memo and the cover letter. 

Writing Timeline

The writing timeline is an activity that forces students to reflect on their writing process to give insight into what aspects of writing frustrate them, and work for them. 

4 Strategies for Figuring our Conventions

This handout details four strategies that can be used to better understand the writing conventions. 

7 Steps for Conducting Research

This handout details the seven basic steps for researching and outlines the best methods for conducting each step. 

Active Reading

These five tips for annotating written work can help a reader become more active in their understanding of a text. 

The Annotated Bibliography - Breakdown

This handout is a quick guide to making an annotated bibliography. 

Coding & Analyzing Information (Prezi)

Coding can help students better analyze and group data from a text into a form they may easier understand. This Prezi outlines the best methods and practices for coding. 

On Text Complexity

These four tips can help a student break down text complexity and foster the development of more critical reading habits. 

Read Like a Writer

This handout can provide students with strategies that can help shape their understanding of difficult text by having them search for writing characteristics. 

Reliable Sources
Critique of Ethos
This exercise can help a writer better interpret a work of ethos.  
Researching the Research
This handout outlines how to check research for credibility. 

Research to Writing

This is a handout that shows how to go about starting a paper after the research is completed.

Encouraging Productive Revision

This handout provides instructors with a number of tools for conducting revision for student writing, offering up tools such as peer review, cover memos, and open-ended questions. 

Explode a Moment

This handout offers students a chance to expand their descriptive writing, by showing examples of both strong and weak descriptions. This handout also offers students a chance to expand their own writing in class with a grading rubric attached. 

Flash Revision (PowerPoint)

This presentation gives students insight into the revision process, asking them to recognize and adapt to new revision strategies. 

RADAR Revision 

This handout offers student the RADAR revision process: Replace, Add, Delete, and Reorder. 

5 Tools for Active Revision

Laura Harper details her experience using a revision toolbox, having her students use techniques such as questions, snapshots, exploding a moment, thoughshots, and making a scene. 

Backwards Outlining

This handout for students tells them the when, why, and how of backwards outlining. 

Mapping an Essay

This handout offers instructions for students on how to map out their essays, so they can edit for clarity on their own. 

Paragraph Sandwich (Prezi)

This presentation can be used to teach students the metaphor of the paragraph sandwich. 

Thinking Maps for Research Writing

Margie Lee Gallagher briefly explains the implications behind mapping, and the role mapping can play in helping students interpret difficult texts. 

The "Walk Through" Exercise

Randall Martoccia offers insight into the "data dump" structure of student writing, or placing data by source rather than subject. He outlines an in-class exercise that students can do to see examples of this. 

Before You Start Writing...

This handout asks students the necessary questions they should consider prior to writing. 

CRAFT (PowerPoint)

This PowerPoint outlines the use of CRAFT for students along with other helpful writing strategies, such as the rhetorical triangle and paragraph sandwich. 

CRAFT & MMAPs (Prezi)

CRAFT & MMAPs are acronyms for the concepts students should consider when working on a writing a writing assignment. CRAFT being: Context, Role, Audience, Format, and Topic. MMAPs being: Mode, Media, Audience, Purpose, and Situation. 

CRAFT (Prezi)

CRAFT is an acronym for the concepts that writers should keep in mind when responding to a writing assignment: Context, Role, Audience, Format, and Topic. 

Effective Arguments (Prezi)

This presentation can show students how to create an effective argument by utilizing the acronym AUDIENCE: Analysis, Understanding, Demographics, Interest, Environment, Needs, Customization, and Expectations.  

Ethos, Pathos, Logos

This handout gives students an overview to the rhetorical appeals of ethos, pathos, and logos.

Read Like a Writer

These six tips can help students read like a writer, and pay closer attention to detail when interpreting difficult texts. 

Rhetorical Stance

This handout provides students with a visual representation of the rhetorical triangle. 

Writing: Assigned vs. Taught

This chart shows the direct differences between writing being assigned and writing being taught. 

Bless, Address, or Press

This handout can help address ways in which an instructor might address student writing when they have specific concerns. 

Guidelines for Peer Review

This handout provides questions that students can address during peer review, including topics of thesis, structure, paragraphs, and evidence. 

Improving Student Peer Feedback

Linda Nilson offers criticism on standard peer review, and how it can be a detriment on student writing. She offers slight modifications that can mean a world of difference for student's writing post peer review. 

Introducing Students to Peer Review

Richard M. Chisholm describes the way he introduces peer review to his students across a variety of subjects. By having students critique his own work, he is opening them up to the idea of peer review as a whole. 

Maximizing Peer Review Effectiveness Through Establishing Community

Margie Lee Gallagher briefly summarizes thinking maps, and explains their usefulness in impacting undergraduate writing. With a visual aid for students to look at while writing, their writing can become more concise and have better fluency. 

Peer Review - Structure and Support

Running a Peer Response Group Session in a Class

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