The College Writing Toolkit
Tried and Tested Ideas for Teaching College Writing
Martha C. Pennington [+–]
SOAS and Birkbeck College, University of London
Pauline Burton [+–]
Community College of City University, Hong Kong
Every writing teacher needs a toolkit of good lesson plans and inspiring assignments. The College Writing Toolkit is just such a practical resource, offering practical tools for both new and experienced teachers seeking to expand their professional repertoire. The College Writing Toolkit provides a collection of “tried and tested” methods and techniques for eliciting and working on students’ writing in a college or university environment. Contributors from all over the world reflect on best practices for teaching writing and for generating writing assignments that help college or university students to learn and to express themselves with confidence, clarity, and originality and in a range of genres.
Each contribution is written in a format specifying the theoretical and conceptual framework of the pedagogical activity, its purpose, audience, and intended outcomes. Contributors also describe the situations in which the activity has been tried, what the results have been, and how the activity has been modified accordingly. An important aspect of the descriptions is the contributors’ reflections on the value of the activity and their recommendations for applying it for best results in the same and different types of contexts, such as for different types of institutions and audiences of students. Those who incorporate the practices of The College Writing Toolkit in their own teaching can therefore benefit from another practitioner’s understanding and experience gained from refining an activity over time to enhance its effectiveness.
College and university writing teachers can use and creatively adapt these activities to help their students improve their writing process, use writing as a mode of thought and reflection, master writing genres, and write effectively in their course assignments. The College Writing Toolkit is a resource for both novice and experienced writing teachers looking to try something different or new in their classes with a knowledge of a previous context in which it has been successful. By using the practical tools in The College Writing Toolkit, college/university writing teachers can expand their repertoire while gaining experience that connects them to the practices of others in the field in the ongoing expansion and refinement of the tools of the writing trade.
Series : Frameworks for Writing
Table of Contents
Part 1. Writing from Personal Experience
was published in Narrative Inquiry. Alongside her teaching and research, Archibald chairs the English Department and facilitates activities for faculty development at her university.
Part 2. Argumentation and Writing from Sources
Part 3. Writing for Specific Contexts
the Disciplines (Heinemann, Boynton-Cook, 2006), and author of The Nonfiction Novel (UPA, 1984). He has published on Irish and Gothic Studies in several anthologies, and in Postcolonial Text.
Using Technology in Teaching (Yale University Press, 2005) and contributed to Direct from the Disciplines (Heinemann, Boynton-Cook, 2006). He also serves on the Editorial Board of The Learning Assistance Review, the journal of the National College Learning Center Association.
Part 4. Interactive and Self Assessment of Writing
Part 5. Working with Technology in the Writing Class