What do faculty and administrators need to know about writing instruction? How do we define successful student writing? How should writing be assessed institutionally? Below are links to several resources to assist faculty and administrators in understanding these issues:
Guidelines for Faculty and Administrators
Where can faculty find out how colleagues have implemented WAC? Where can faculty learn about the requirements for linked, EGC, and AW courses? Where can faculty study sound institutional policies in writing instruction? This webpage provides a place to start, listing some of the best online resources available.
In addition, Director of Written Expression in the Core, Tom Pace, is available for individual consultations on any aspect of teaching writing. The JCU Writing Center also offers support and resources for student writers, through one-on-one individualized peer tutoring sessions.
Designing WAC Courses at JCU
- Requirements for Linked and EGC Courses
- Requirement for AW Courses
- Applications for Linked, EGC, and AW Courses
General Help in Writing and WAC
Resources for Planning and Teaching WAC Courses
- Why Include Writing in My Courses
- Teaching Writing as a Process
- Managing the Paper Load
- Assignment Design
- Sequencing Writing Assignments
- Encouraging Revision
- Using Service Learning in Writing Classrooms
Resources for Grading and Responding to Student Writing:
Teaching Specific Aspects of Writing
- Helping Students Generate a Topic
- Helping Students Narrow a Topic
- Helping Students Summarize and Respond to Texts
- Teaching Rhetorical Terminology
- Addressing Grammar
- Helping Students Address Errors
- WAC and Second-Language Learners
Model WAC Programs and Help for Faculty
- Carlton College: Nationally-praised teaching and portfolio program
- Eastern Illinois University: Excellent faculty handbook on WAC
- Florida International University: Useful list of teaching resources on how to manage the work load
- George Mason University: Routinely nationally-recognized WAC program
- Georgetown University: Good overview of the connection between first-year writing and integrated writing courses
- Marquette University: Exceptional handbook for faculty on writing in the disciplines
- Miami University (Ohio): Thorough disciplinary writing guides
- University of Denver: Innovative program known for incorporating writing lecturers to work with faculty
- University of Notre Dame: Strong lists of workshop topics
- University of Missouri-Columbia: Nationally-recognized WAC program
- Wright State University: Excellent WAC faculty guidebook
- 2019-2020 First-Year Writing Handbook
- The standard EN 125 syllabus is held together by a common philosophy and a common set of learning outcomes, not by a rigid schedule or specific readings. If a student and his or her roommate are taking English 125, 120, or 121, they may have different readings, assignments, and discussion/writing topics. The following descriptions are not absolute, but may help students to understand the different units.
These are the assignments students may be asked to complete in EN 125:
- Project #1: What Do You Have to Say? The purpose of the semester’s first major project essay is to introduce students to academic research and writing. To do so, students will choose one of the essays they read in this section and write a paper that makes an argument about an issue and supports it with evidence from their course reading(s) (3-4 pages).
- Project #2: What Do You Have to Say? This assignment builds on the ideas from the first assignment by asking students to conduct some minor research about a topic and to incorporate that research into their writing. (4-5 pages).
- Project #3: Formal Research-Based Project. Students will pick a research topic or question from the course and write an annotated bibliography and paper proposal: 1-2 page proposal with 4-6 item bibliography. They will then write a research-based project based on their proposal and annotated bibliography. (5-7 pages).
- Project #4. Academic Literacy Narrative. Students will compose an academic narrative on their learning about writing over the course of the semester, integrating the narrative with research on the kind of writing performed in their major. This assignment can stand alone as a separate project, or students can use this narrative as their final portfolio letter.
- Core Curriculum
- JCU Faculty Writing Tips for Students
- JCU Assignment Models for Other Faculty
- This page will be an ongoing work-in-progress as faculty contribute their own tips and resources.
These writing workshops at JCU offer faculty and other participants effective strategies in teaching writing. Workshops can be designed for a number of specific purposes and instructional concerns. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Calendar of Events for 2019-2020:
Thursday, 9/26, 12:30-1:30, Dolan 202/3
Why Should I Trust Student Advice?: How to Get the Most Out of Peer Review
Monday, 10/28, 12:00-12:50, Dolan 202/3
Let’s Talk it Over: Preparing for Effective One-on-One Conferencing
Thursday, 12/5, 12:30-1:30, Dolan 202/3
Why Are We Doing This, Again?: Designing Assignments that Align with Writing Goals
Spring Sessions (locations TBA)
Monday, 2/3, 12:00-12:50
Smile More, Talk Less: Assigning Writing as a Pedagogical Alternative to Lecture
Thursday, 3/12, 12:30-1:30
Picking Your Battles: Responding Effectively to Student Writing
Monday, 4/20, 12:00-12:50:
Haven't They Already Learned This? Transfer of Writing-Related Knowledge
- Past Workshops with Handouts.