Gender and Women's Studies

Sequencing Different Genres of Writing Assignments in a Women’s Studies Syllabus

Caitilyn Allen, Plant Pathology, UW-Madison
Professor Caitilyn Allen’s writing-intensive Women’s Studies syllabus includes her expectations for polished and revised drafts as well as overviews of the various papers she assigns throughout the semester.

Women’s Studies 530: Biology and Gender


Having Students Do Self-Evaluations of Their Writing and Speaking

Professor Virginia Sapiro, Gender and Women's Studies and Political Science Department
This kind of self-evaluation from students helps instructors evaluate students' work and encourages students, as this professor explains, to take responsibility for their own learning.

Self-Evaluation in Women’s Studies 640 



STUDENT’S NAME: _______________________________________________ 


From Topic to Thesis

Tisha Turk, Gender and Women's Studies, UW-Madison
Instructors often have to help students learn how to make a strong, analytical or argumentative central claim in a paper, a claim that goes beyond a mere statement of fact or obvious point.  In this handout for her students, Tisha Turk explains and illustrates what she's looking for in a strong thesis statement.

A well-constructed thesis statement helps hold an essay together by showing the reader where the paper is going to go. It defines not just a paper’s topic but its argument, and introduces the kinds of evidence or mode of reasoning that will be used to back up that argument. It does not merely summarize the points that will be made; rather, it shows the relationship between those points.

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