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Glossary of Common Writing Terms

Daybooks

William Banks outlines "Daybooks" usage in the classroom. He speaks to his own experimentation with them, along with challenging his Children's Literature students to do the same as a semester long project.

Summary/Reaction Journals

Kenneth Wilburn describes his 500-word assignment entitled, "Is History Personally Relevant?" Through his own time working on WAC, he describes how his assignment is relevant across the disciplines.

WTL

This presentation raises WAC, and asks questions regarding how writing is used in the classroom in all disciplines.

What is WTL?

Writing to Learn is an approach to writing being used in the classroom. This Prezi offers the why, what, and how, behind Writing to Learn.

WTL Activities

Believing and Doubting 
This handout can allow students an opportunity to look at their work objectively, and see an oppositional view, which can help their writing become well rounded.
Dialogic Journal 
A dialogic journal can help students shape their ideas by acting as an outline for their thought process.
Exit Slips 
These exit slips can provide an instructor with insight into what their students are taking away from a class period, and what concerns their students might have regarding the material.
Fishbone 
Fishbone is an in-class activity that can provide students a chance to hash out their ideas with themselves, and then compare with a partner.
Gallery Walk 
The Gallery Walk exercise gives students a chance to ask questions they have on a given process, and are then able to see how their classmates respond. This handout provides instructions on how to set up the in-class activity.
Looping and Cubing 
This exercise can help students develop writing skills with "looping," which keeps writing on topic. "Cubing" allows the student to better understand their topic through connections and analysis.
Plan of Action 
This handout can help a student plan out the how, when, and where of completing they're given assignment.
Writing Activity - Brain Juices 
This in-class activity can help students better understand a concept by using word affiliation. Students are also able to hear other student responses that can help give well-rounded insight on a topic.
Writing Activity - Handout
This handout provides instructions on how to complete an in-class exercise that will help students better anticipate the direction their paper will need to move in from beginning to end

 

Book Reviews
Citation Styles & Formatting

APA

This Prezi outlines APA formatting.

MLA

This handout outlines MLA formatting.
Coding is an analysis method for grouping data from a text into a form that is easier to interpret. This Prezi outlines the best methods and practices for coding.

Considering Audience & Purpose

CRAFT and MAPS

CRAFT & MMAPs are two acronyms for the concepts students should consider when working on a writing assignment.

Questions to Ask

Effective Arguments

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

Literature Review and Synthesis

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

Reading Academic Writing

4 Strategies for Figuring Out Conventions

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

Research Projects

The "Step-by-Step" Approach

Sachiyo Shearman outlines a step-by-step methodology for gaining student agency in the research paper writing process. She outlines her own methods for teaching the steps and the positive impact it had on her students overall performance.

Scholarship Applications (PowerPoint)

This presentation outlines the components of applying for a scholarship, and what needs to be done prior to starting the application.

The Writing Process

This Prezi outlines the writing process, showing the difficulties behind writing and offering tips on how to go about writing.

Business Letters

Writing a Basic Business Letter

This handout outlines the components of a business letter, and what should be contained within each.

Tone in a Business Letter

This handout outlines the different aspects of tone to be used in a business correspondence.

Grant Writing

Advice on Writing a Grant Application

This document goes in depth to the writing and construction of a grant proposal.

Strategic Planning and the Art of Grant Writing

This handout outlines the components of a grant proposal, touching on both short and long term goals.

Writing a Good Grant Proposal

Simon Peyton Jones and Alan Bundy outline what they believe to be necessary components of a strong grant proposal.

Memos

This handout outlines the specifics on writing a memo, including audience, tone, and components.

Personal Statements (Prezi)

This Prezi asks a number of questions, which can help guide the writing of a personal statement.

Writing a Personal Statement

This handout outlines the necessary components of crafting a personal statement including the "dos" and "don'ts" of writing a personal statement.

Personal Statements - Health Science

This Prezi helps guide applicants writing a personal statement in the field of health science by covering audience, voice, form, and purpose.

Personal Statements - Med School

This handout provides ten tips to applicants writing a personal letter for medical school.

Personal Statements - Law School

This handout provides ten tips to applicants writing a personal letter for law school.

Professional Email

Using Email on the Job (PowerPoint)

This presentation covers aspects of composing Emails in a professional environment.

Using Email on the Job - Examples

Resumes & Cover Letters

Developing a Digital Portfolio for the Job Search

Guiseppe Getto outlines the aspects of creating a curriculum vitae, and what needs to placed into a successful one.

Quick Tips for Cover Letters

This handout offers tips on how to construct a cover letter, and details some of the necessary components of a strong cover letter.

Resume Design

This handout provides tips for the aesthetic construction of a resume, being primarily concerned with layout versus content.

Scholarship Applications (PowerPoint)

This presentation outlines the components of applying for a scholarship, and what needs to be done prior to starting the application.

Writing in the Disciplines

This link provides a number of writing assignments across different disciplines.

4 Strategies for Figuring Out Conventions

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

APA

This Prezi outlines APA formatting.

Decoding the Disciplines

This Prezi can help students better understand what type of writing is valued in their field of study.

Literature Review-Synthesis

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

Social Work

This Prezi gives insight into writing in the field of social work, covering aspects such as citation and CRAFT.

UWC Consultant Projects

WID Music

This link outlines tips and practices for writing in the music discipline, and covers the three types of writing that will be taking place: summary, critical responses, and research papers.

WID Art History

This link offers insight into writing for art history, with considerations for the art discussed, they type of paper being written, and formatting.

WID History

This link provides tips for writing a history paper. Aspects to be aware of include writing inpast tense, using active voice, and Chicago formatting.

WID Journalism

This link provides useful tools for writing in Journalism such as the inverted pyramid for writing construction, and the paramedic method for staying in the style of journalism.

WID Kinesiology

This handout outlines the types of writing in kinesiology, such as medical notes and lab reports.

WID in Mathematics

This handout outlines the different parts of a mathematics paper, such as the abstract, focus question, and the appendix.

WID Political Sciences

This handout outlines how to write a paper for the political sciences, being sure to use APA format, supporting the thesis, and having positive repetition.

Articles on Effective Feedback 

This handout provides blurbs for different articles on offering feedback.

Bless, Address, Press 

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

Breaking Down - Classroom Writing Assessment 

This article breaks down the complexities to evaluating student work, covering areas like grading, assessing, and having one-on-one student conferences to offer feedback.

Cognitive Coaching 

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

Creating a Writing Rubric 

This handout outlines the necessary components of a strong writing assignment rubric.

Getting Textual 

This handout provides students with different effective strategies for proofreading their work.

Hierarchy of Writing Concerns 

This handout can show students the level of concern they they should have for different writing aspects during the writing process.

Minimal Marking 

Richard H. Haswell writes about providing his students with minimal feedback when it comes to editing for mechanics in his students papers. By only providing clues to where errors are, he finds that students are able to correct a large number of their own mistakes.

Reflecting on Responding to Student Writing 

This handout provides a free writing space, and outlined questions that can hone in on a writing topic.

A Rubric for Rubrics

Rubric for Rubrics

This handout acts as a rubric for creating a rubric, outlining what makes for a strong and weak rubric.

Rubrics Cube - Garza & Egan

This Prezi helps to develop rubrics by having students assist in the rubrics creation.

Tech Tools for Responding to Student Writing

This Prezi presents different ways an instructor can provide student feedback through digital inquiry.

APA 

This presentation outlines the different elements that go into an APA style paper.

Avoiding Plagiarism WPA Statement 

Amy Martin defines plagiarism and the best practices for avoid it.

Avoiding Plagiarism

This handout outlines the different plagiarism types a writer may come across while writing.

Plagiarism 

This Prezi outlines what plagiarism is and how it can prevented.

WPA Statement on Plagiarism

The WPA defines plagiarism and tips for avoiding plagiarism while writing.

4 Strategies for Figuring Out Conventions 

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

Active Reading 

This handout provides tips for actively engaging with reading material, offering tips such as: highlighting, writing in the margins, and indicating connections.

An Invitation to Join the Conversation 

This exercise can help students formulate their own understanding of a text by answering questions that can apply to the text.

How to Read like a Writer 

Mike Bunn outlines what it means to read like a writer. In his article he discusses certain aspects such as paying close attention to word choice and structure.

On Text Complexity 

An important aspect of being able to read complex text is having effective literacy. This handout outlines how to break codes of written text and shows how to critically analyze a text.

Read Like a Writer 

This handout explains the important aspects to be looking for while reading a text: Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions.

Research to Writing

This handout provides strategies to apply to your research that can make for a stronger paper.

Activities

Decoding the Disciplines

This Prezi can help students better understand what type of writing is valued in their field of study.

Dynamic Criteria Mapping

This link provides multiple examples of dynamic criteria mapping.

Engaging Transfer Activity

This activity provides participants with different ideas and concepts from others in their field by using the "Gallery Walk" activity

Exit Slips

This link provides multiple examples of exit slips to be used at the end of a class session.

Metaphors

This handout provides the metaphor of an upside down mountain, and how that can be applied to understanding knowledge.

A Method for Identifying Threshold Concepts

This handout outlines how to identify threshold concepts in a course, and how they can be presented in a way that doesn't isolate individual students who might be confused.

Reflection - Metacognition

This link provides multiple in-class exercises that can be used to gain insight into student understanding.

Threshold Concepts as Conceptual Change

This handout introduces the idea threshold concepts as a foundation for conceptual change of prior understanding, whether that prior understanding be differentiated, coalesced, or defined.

Tips on Teaching for Transfer

This article discusses the application of knowledge transfer in the classroom, covering aspects like deciding what to teach, how to present the information, and what to have students complete on their own.

Transfer Gallery Walk

This link provides two tools for setting up a "Gallery Walk" activity for your classroom.

Transfer Metaphors Activity

This activity attempts to explain the concept of knowledge transfer through a metaphorical image.

Transfer Thinking Maps

This link provides multiple tools for outlining a concept.

Transfer Triangle

This image attempts to explain how knowledge transfer works as a triangle.

Unpacking Concepts

This link provides tow tools for developing knowledge from a source.

Resources

Intro to Threshold Concepts

Glynis Cousin introduces the idea of threshold concepts, and how they can be better applied to a curriculum in place of an "overstuffed" one.

Key Terms and Concepts for Transfer

This handout provides key terms for understanding knowledge transfer, such as genre, prior knowledge, and threshold concepts.

Methods for Identifying TCs

This handout provides four steps for identifying a threshold concept.

Models of Teaching and Learning (PowerPoint)

This PowerPoint presents some of the ideas behind threshold concepts, and their relationship to curriculum design.

Threshold Concepts - Ray & Land (PowerPoint)

This PowerPoint introduces the idea of threshold concepts, and how troublesome knowledge can impact the overall threshold concepts.

TCs and Troublesome Knowledge (PowerPoint)

This PowerPoint introduces the idea of threshold concepts, and discusses some of the pedagogical theory concerned with it.

Transfer in the Classroom

This handout discusses how knowledge transfer can be applied in the classroom, starting with gauging prior knowledge to what students must do on their own.

Transfer of Writing Skills

This handout outlines the idea of knowledge transfer, and how it can be applied in the classroom. The types of transfer, and how prior knowledge can affect said transfer.
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