College Writing Expectations and Sample Assignments
First-Year College Writing Objectives from KSU and UA
First-year students at Kent State and The University of Akron are expected to master these outcomes by the end of the entry-level English course.
College Writing Assignments from College Writing Instructors at Kent State
This collection of writing assignments are currently being used in first-year English classes at Kent State.
Writing Instruction Ideas
Prompts and Rubric Created by Writing Ourselves Participants
These prompts and accompanying rubric were created by Writing Ourselves participants to correlate with first-year (freshman) writing outcomes from the first-year English courses at Kent State University and the University of Akron.
Online Resources for the Teaching of Writing
Our Writing Ourselves Team provided this collection of online tutorials, and style guides for the teaching of writing.
Best Practices Contributed by Writing Ourselves Teachers
Participants in Writing Ourselves developed and compiled these best practices for writing instruction.
Official Position Statement on the Teaching of Writing
MultiModal Composition Resources
This section includes information for teachers interested in multimodal composition, which is increasingly required at the college level.
Technology and the Teaching of Writing
These articles describe some of the newest developments in digital writing.
Schwartz, K. (2013, July 16). How do tech tools affect the way students write? MindShift: How we will learn. View Material
Jinkins, S. (2015, April 19). At Arlington High School, blogs let students have a say. Star-telegram. View Material
Wong, A. (2015, April 21). Digital natives, yet strangers to the web. The Atlantic. View Material
How is technology shaping our writing experiences? The Digital Rhetoric Collaborative
Hybrid and Flipped Learning – Resources for both K-12 and higher View Material
Characteristics of College Students
A Few of Their Favorite Things – New York Times, February 6, 2015
Characteristics of College Students – Plain Dealer, February 8, 2015
Books About Preparing for College Writing
Atwell, N. (1998). In the middle: New understandings about writing, reading, and learning. Second Edition Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Bean, J.B. (2011). Engaging ideas: The professor’s guide to integrating writing, critical thinking, and active learning in the classroom San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Kirszner, L.G., & Mandell, S.R. (2012). Patterns for college writing: A rhetorical reader and guide, twelfth edition New York, NY: Bedford’s/St. Martin’s.
Koch, S. (2003). The Modern Library writer’s workshop: A guide to the craft of fiction. New York, NY: Modern Library.
Graff, G., & Birkenstein, C. (2014). “They say/I say”: The moves that matter in academic Writing, Third edition New York, NY: Norton.
Johnson, T.R., (Ed.). (2008). Teaching composition: Background readings (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Bedford/St. Martin’s.
Lunsford, A., Ruszkiewicz, J.J., & Walters, K. (2012). Everything’s an argument. Sixth Edition New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s.
Newkirk, T. (2014). Minds made for stories: How we really read and write informational and persuasive texts Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Villanueva, V., (Ed.) (2011). Cross-Talk in comp theory: A Reader, Third Edition Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.
Tate, G., Taggart, A.R., Schick, K., and Hessler, H.B. (Eds.) (2013).A guide to composition pedagogiesOxford: Oxford University Press.
Articles About Preparing for College Writing
from College Composition and Communication:
Alexander, J., & Rhodes, J. (2014). Flattening effects: Composition’s multicultural imperative and the problem of narrative coherence. College Composition and Communication, 65(3), 430-454.
Pigg, S. (2014). Emplacing mobile composing habits: A study of academic writing in networked social spaces. College Composition and Communication, 66(2), 250-275.
Wardle, E. (2014). Considering what it means to teach “composition” in the twenty-first century. College Composition and Communication, 65(4), 659-671.