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Some Online Resources for Teaching Writing

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Some Online Resources for Teaching Writing 


Position Statements on Teaching Writing


Scholarship, summaries and bibliographies


Major Resources/Portals for Teaching Writing


Organizations, Journals, Listservs & Blogs on Teaching Writing



Teaching Writing - Concepts and Activities 


Preparing to Teach & Surviving the First Few Classes 


Elbow's "Writing for Learning": key classroom writing activities

  • Peter Elbow, "Writing for Learning," article published by The National Teaching and Learning Forum. Describes a set of low stakes writing activities that can be used in class, along with guidelines for teaching writing.


Prewriting & Planning Practices


Composing Strategies & Reflective Writing


Responding, Grading, Conferencing 


Peer Review


Intro to Rhetoric, Rhetorical Situation, etc.



Argument, Claims, Evidence, etc 


Prereading, Critical/Rhetorical Reading, Charting & Analysis

FROM THE WRITING SPACES PROJECT Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volumes 1 and 2, is a peer-reviewed open textbook series for the writing classroom.  http://writingspaces.org/essays and http://writingspaces.org/volume2 Many of the chapters fit our pedagogy well, and can help you prepare to teach RWS100. I've found the following useful:




Synthesizing (mapping relationships - extend, complicate, etc) 


Quotations, Citing Sources & Style Guides (MLA, APA, etc.)


Analysing Texts, Strategies & Moves  


Ethos, Pathos, Logos


ESL Teaching Resources & Info 


Style & Sentence-level work


Teaching grammar in context


Plagiarism - Defining, avoiding and managing it 

  • Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices
  • Rebecca Howard Moore has done really smart work on plagiarism. Here is a list of articles she has written, many of which concern plagiarism. http://wrt-howard.syr.edu/articles.html. You can also see the bibliographic collection on plagiarism she has assembed, http://wrt-howard.syr.edu/Bibs/PlagDefs.html, and http://wrt-howard.syr.edu/bibs.html.
  • Sandra Jamieson and Rebecca Howard Moore's Citation project "The Citation Project is a multi-institution research project responding to educators’ concerns about plagiarism and the teaching of writing.  Although much has been written on this topic and many have expressed concerns, little empirical data is available to describe what students are actually doing with their sources. At present, therefore, educators must make policy decisions and pedagogy based on anecdote, personal observation, media reports, and the claims of corporations that sell “solutions.”...Preventing plagiarism is a desired outcome of our research, as the subtitle above indicates, but the Citation Project research suggests that students’ knowing how to understand and synthesize complex, lengthy sources is essential to effective plagiarism prevention. If instructors know how shallowly students are engaging with their research source—and that is what the Citation Project research reveals—then they know what responsible pedagogy needs to address."




Sample Papers in MLA Style


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