Arts and Humanities

The Weekly One-Pager

Author: 
Michael Shank
Description: 
Professor Michael Shank uses weekly papers to encourage student engagement and to stimulate class discussions.

The purposes of this assignment are several:

 

The Fifty-Word Assignment

Author: 
Professor Charles L. Cohen

Seeking the holy grail of an exercise that teaches writing, advances critical skills, adds only a modicum of time to students’ weekly work load, and requires even less time/student to evaluate? The closest thing I have found is the “minor assignment,” a fifty-word sentence covering the week’s reading.

Short, Informal Writing Assignments in a Literature Course

Author: 
Sherry Reames
Description: 
Professor Sherry Reames offers a great mix of activities and assignments that teach invaluable skills to students learning how to write about literature.

Because there were nearly 200 students in the class this spring, Professor Reames broke students into two groups, each of which were required to turn in responses on different days (usually Wed and Fri of the same week).

Some Concrete Tips for Working with Multilingual Writers

· Think carefully about unspoken assumptions about successful writing in your course and try to make your expectations as explicit as possible.

 

Burning Questions--Why Your Students Should Have Them

Author: 
Matthew Pearson
Description: 
Encouraging your students to write about issues that genuinely interest them is one of the best ways to help students to learn new things in your course and to write high-quality papers.

One of the challenges facing any instructor is trying to pinpoint why some papers are compelling and pleasurable to read, while others are difficult to get through, or simply not that exciting to read. Often, a central reason for less-than-stellar writing is that a few students do not have a genuine interest in their topics and a desire to know more about it.

Daniel Hausman's Model Philosophy Paper

Author: 
Daniel Hausman
Description: 
On the Web site for his course on Contemporary Moral Issues, Professor Daniel Hausman offers students general commentary on their first papers and illustrates his points with a model paper.

On the Web site for his course on Contemporary Moral Issues, Professor Daniel Hausman offers students general commentary on their first papers and illustrates his points with a model paper.

A Comm-B History 200 Syllabus

Author: 
Charles L. Cohen
Description: 
In the following syllabus, Professor Charles Cohen introduces his course, articulates his goals for his students, clarifies the place of a Writing Fellow in a Comm-B course, and outlines his paper assignments. Under "minor assignments", note how Professor Cohen gives a series of 50 word (that's right. . . only *50* word!) writing assignments. These assignments not only mean less grading time for the professor and TAs; they force students to gain the invaluable skill of writing to the heart of the matter on a particular topic.

This course is intended to make you into an historian—which is not the same thing as knowing where Nathaniel Bacon slept or how many commas Hamilton used in the 27th Federalist Paper.

The required readings consist of two packets designed specifically for this course. They are available from the Humanities Copy Center, 1650 Humanities Building:

A Sample Journal Assignment

Author: 
Karen Ryker
Description: 
Professor Karen Ryker's journal assignment asks students to respond to readings, to class activities, and to rehearsals

The journal sets down your daily response to the textbook, to exercises and classwork, to your rehearsals. It should record specific, thoughtful analysis of information and methods and how they improve your technique.

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