Formal Assignments

A Sequence of Informal and Formal Writing Assignments in a Psychology of Religion Syllabus

Author: 
Colleen Moore, Psychology of Religion, UW-Madison
Description: 
As her students work toward a 10-15 page research paper, Professor Colleen Moore assigns 8 shorter papers that build from informal to formal writing and simple to complex rhetorical tasks, enabling her students to practice and build their writing skills.

Psychology of Religion 411

This course examines religions and religious phenomena from the point of view of empirical psychology. This is a Level III (Advanced) Psychology course that assumes some sophisticated background in either psychology or religious studies.

 

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

Author: 
Caitilyn Allen, Plant Pathology, UW-Madison
Description: 
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

 

Sequenced Graded And Ungraded Writing Assignments In A Writing-Intensive Literature Syllabus

Author: 
Lynn Keller, English, UW-Madison
Description: 
This sample syllabus shows how Professor Lynn Keller assigns ungraded, low-stakes journal writing in her writing-intensive literature course to let her students develop their ideas before they turn them into a high-stakes, graded essay.  

Modern American Literature Since 1914

 

Time and Place: 2:30‑3:45 110 Noland
Office hours: Tuesday 1:00‑3:00 and by appointment
7131 Helen C. White Hall, 263‑3794
e‑mail: rlkeller@facstaff.wisc.edu

 

Course Description:

A Writing Portfolio Project in Math 130

Author: 
Brad Franklin, Mathematics Department, UW-Madison
Description: 
In this course for math-education students, students do a series of various writing assignments throughout the semester, culminating in this portfolio of their written work.

A Portfolio Project in Math 

 

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Sample Evaluation Criteria for Papers in a Philosophy Course

Author: 
Jocelyn Johnson, Philosophy Department, UW-Madison
Description: 
This kind of rubric, from an undergraduate philosophy course on contemporary moral issues, not only emphasizes the traits of successful papers but also, with its continuum for each trait, gives students a quick visual sense of strengths and of areas to improve.  Notice that the instructor gives open-ended comments as well.  And notice the excellent explanations of the evaluation criteria--some terms, like "orginality," need explanining within the context of a particular course and particular assignment.

Sample Paper Evaluation Sheet in Philosophy

 

 

Name:_________________________________  Topic:_______________________________________________

 

 

 

Writing Assignments in Anthropology 490

Author: 
Karen Strier
Description: 
Focusing on the point, structure, audience, topic, and format for course papers, anthropologist Karen Strier advises her students about writing the one and five-page papers for her writing-intensive senior seminar.

This is a writing intensive course, which means frequent writing assignments, lots of feedback, opportunities to work on both the content of your papers and how you communicate your knowledge and ideas in writing. The writing assignments are intended to fulfill the assumption that “writing facilitates learning.” I think you will enjoy them.

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