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Elements of the Essay

Elements of the Academic Essay / Gordon Harvey (WORD, 28.5Kb)
Gordon Harvey’s “Elements” is a useful handout for developing a classroom vocabulary for discussing and evaluating writing. See Lesson Plans for classroom activities designed may help students work with it productively.

Essay Checklist (for Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences) (WORD, 62.5Kb), and
An alternative Essay Checklist for Math/Natural Sciences/ Jason Tougaw (WORD, 136Kb)
Jason Tougaw’s “Essay Checklist” is designed to be used along with Gordon Harvey’s “Elements”–to prompt students to reflect in specific terms on the strengths and weakness of their writing. It’s useful to ask in addition that students submit a cover letter in which they expand on the self-evaluations they conduct with the checklist.

Keeping Your Essay Cohesive: The Spine / Jason Tougaw (WORD, 25Kb)

Essay Sketch (WORD, 24Kb) and one example (WORD, 32Kb) / Jason Tougaw

Phases of the Writing Process

Understanding Scholarly Conversations with Wikipedia / Leila Walker (link to Google Doc)
Guidelines for Peer Review / Robert Cowen
(WORD, 21Kb)
How to Get the Best Response from Your Professors / Ann Hoff (WORD, 26.5Kb)
A Word on Overcoming Writer’s Block / Roslyn Ko (WORD, 25Kb)
Debate Workshop: Blocking Out a Case / Jacob Kramer (WORD, 34Kb)
Exercise on Levels of Measurement, Conceptualization and Operationalization / Dean Savage (WORD, 31Kb)
Draft Workshop / Jason Tougaw (WORD, 20Kb)

Working with Sources

Website Evaluation Exercise (WORD, 36Kb); Book Exercise (WORD, 38Kb)
Periodical Exercise/ Alexandra deLuise (WORD, 40Kb)
Notes on Academic Integrity & Citation / Soniya Munshi (WORD, 39Kb)
Learning to Use Information Resources Effectively / Dean Savage
Exercise on Measurement / Dean Savage (WORD, 27Kb)
Research Paper Guide (written in Spanish)/ Barbara Simerka (WORD, 48Kb)
Integrating Sources & Indicating Stance / Jason Tougaw (WORD, 28Kb)
Reading Films Critically / Andrea Walsh (WORD, 36Kb)
Activities for Evaluating Databases and Web Resources
Database Evaluation (WORD, 34Kb); Lexis Nexis Exercise (WORD, 42Kb)

Thesis and Motive

Writing with Purpose: Establishing Motive / Jacob Kramer (WORD, 28Kb)
Motivating Moves / Kerry Walk (PDF, 47Kb)

Style, Mechanics, and Grammar

Sentence Patterns / Kerry Walk (WORD, 24Kb)
This handout is useful for helping students to think explicitly about sentence structure and patterns–both writing complete sentences and varying the patterns and rhythms of their sentences.

Arts and Humanities

Reading Films Critically / Andrea Walsh (WORD, 36Kb)

Math and the Natural Sciences

Guidelines for Peer Review / Robert Cowen (WORD, 21Kb)
Writing Laboratory Reports / Ray Johnson (PDF, 26Kb)
An alternative Essay Checklist for Math/Natural Sciences/ Jason Tougaw (WORD, 136Kb)

Social Sciences

Debate Workshop: Blocking Out a Case / Jacob Kramer (WORD, 34Kb)
Cognitive Guide for Social Sciences / Mehmet Kucukozer (WORD, 24.5Kb)


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