But How Do *I* Teach Writing?. Melissa Nicolas, Ph.D. Michelle LaFrance, Ph.D. October 15, 2009 Drew University. WAC Umbrella . Writing Intensive (WI). Writing in the Disciplines ( WID ). Writing Instruction. Composition courses. Writing in the discipline. Writing intensive.
Melissa Nicolas, Ph.D.
Michelle LaFrance, Ph.D.
October 15, 2009
Writing Intensive (WI)
Writing in the Disciplines (WID)
Successful WI courses are built around three basic tenets:
Informal writing, low stakes writing:
Formal writing, high stakes writing:
By the end of this course students will be able to:
Response papers 30%
Scrapbook project 20%
Interview project 20%
Class wiki 15%
Class participation 15%
A series of ten, 500 word papers on a question that I create, related to what we are reading and discussing in class.
How has feminism affected women of different generations? What has the climate at Albright been like for women (faculty, students, and staff) during the last several decades? What was it like to be a woman in this country 10 years ago? 20? 50? To get at these questions, you will be asked to conduct interviews with several generations of women and map the theory we read onto their lives. Your results will be incorporated into a critical essay (6-8 pages).
This is a course on theory, so sometimes it may seem like what we are reading and talking about has little or no relevance to the “real” world. However, if you keep your eyes and minds open, you will find that there are examples of the theory we are dealing with in just about every aspect of modern life. The purpose of this assignment is to keep you on your toes for spotting the theory in everyday life. You will be asked to collect artifacts (newspaper clippings, magazine articles, audio clips; signs; conversations, etc,) throughout the semester that relate in some way to what we discuss in this course. At the end of the semester, you will be asked to present a “scrapbook” (paper or electronic) of what you have collected along with a short, explanatory essay about your scrapbook (about 5-7 pages).
Each member of the class will make significant contributions to the class wiki which will support our understanding of key terms we encounter during the semester.