Group projects regularly cause trepidation but structuring them as competitive contests leads students away from generic and predictable outcomes.
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One of the areas of writing I teach is evaluation. Students learn that we make assessments based on quality, opposition, rankings or comparisons, and flexible evaluative criteria. This particular activity focuses on the evaluative element of quality. Ultimately, the goal is two-fold. Students will have the opportunity to learn about and evaluate their academic institution. […]
In our current, cultural landscape there are many divisive topics that individuals associate with while dismissing contrary perspectives. It is easy to disregard what someone else has to say when there is a gap in empathy and connectivity. The goal of this exercise, in dismantling, or “checking one’s privilege”, is to allow students to see what kind of advantages they may take for granted while overlooking some of the obstacles others may have to face on a daily basis.
This multi-genre assignment asks students to first explore how much they know their tendencies to procrastinate in a personal essay, then to interview a peer about their respective writing processes, and finally, to compare their own personal essay and an analysis of their interview in a cover letter.
An assignment sequence where students explore the world of the arts, beginning with photography and increasing in writing involvement and critical scrutiny through the worlds of music and film before finally concluding in a work of literature. Through these various lenses, students examine both the status of these arts, what goes into evaluating them, and their relation to their campus, its history, and the world at large.