Guidelines for Faculty
Writing 5 is a writing course in which students write regularly and frequently. While engaged in this process, students are encouraged to think primarily about exposition: its conventions, contexts, structure, registers, and style.
With these aims in mind, faculty should attend to certain guidelines as they design their courses:
- Ample classroom time will be spent on writing instruction, including all stages of the writing process. Writing instruction may include the following:
- varieties of prewriting strategies
- a repertoire of ways to set up an argument (problem- solving, question-forming, thesis-formulating, etc.)
- strategies for substantive revision
- collaborative editorial processes, such as in-class group work and peer commentary
- Ample classroom time will also be devoted to instruction in reading strategies and their integration into the writing process. Reading instruction may include the following:
- the characterization of arguments (their premises, claims, and terms)
- arguments as products of specific historical periods, produced in response to other arguments
- how texts work within conventions that are discipline- and genre-specific
- the evaluation of evidence
- Instructors will schedule conferences with students, individually and/or in small groups.
- Readings for the course will expose students to more than one discipline or genre, and to a variety of intellectual perspectives.
- The amount of reading assigned will be enough to stimulate thoughtful engagement and discussion, but not so much as to divert the attention of the course from writing instruction.
- Attention will be given to developing the oral skills of articulate conversation and critical debate in classroom discussions.
- Some classroom time will introduce students to the skills required to engage with secondary critical text(s).
- At least one class meeting will be a session of library instruction, coupled with an investigative assignment appropriate to the materials of the course.
- Students will write at least four formal papers on different topics, totaling about 7000 words.
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