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Teaching Writing: Ideas and Strategies
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December 10, 2019 11:45 AM PST

How can you get students to read your feedback to their assignments? First, separate formative from summative feedback. Second, structure opportunities for peer feedback. And third, give feedback to the class through annotated model papers.

October 29, 2019 09:54 AM PDT

In this episode we consider specific ways to write more clearly and more concisely. Clarity and concision both affect the overall style in which you write, and while both clear writing and concise writing are good things there are times when some writers need to produce elaborate discourse and longer texts.

October 17, 2019 10:54 AM PDT

Of the three main styles of writing, the plain (or low) style may be the most useful. This episode of Teaching Writing descirbes the plain style of writing and gives examples of how it is used in writing for academics as well as non-academic audiences.

October 08, 2019 09:28 AM PDT

In this episode I define writing style in academic writing, and consider the three levels of style: low or plain, middle or forcible, and high or elaborated. Using these as a rough guide to readability, we use a style analysis tool to both examine our own writing styles and those of other writers you might seek to emulate.

October 07, 2019 11:44 AM PDT

In this episode we'll examine writing style: the low or plain style, the middle or forcible style, and the high or florid style. Using those definitions, we'll describe ways to analyze the style a document is written in as a way to develop the ability to write in several different styles.

September 30, 2019 11:18 AM PDT

In this episode we’ll review some of the advice given to academics who write, including Helen Sword’s Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write, and map it against Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. We’ll consider the map those books provide in the context of research about writers to think about what makes us more or less productive as academic writers.

August 30, 2019 12:08 PM PDT

Heather Graves and David Beard, co-editors of a new collection of essays on the rhetoric of oil published by Routledge, speak about their book, their favorite chapters, and why this is an important book for them and for your students.

April 30, 2019 10:00 AM PDT

Despite a recent news story
posted on CBC.ca, students have been buying essays for over 100 years--this is nothing new. New artificial intelligence software promises to make it even easier to produce an essay without writing one. What can instructors do about this age-old problem?

April 16, 2019 10:15 AM PDT

What software tools and applications exist that might help you, and your students, write better documents? In this episode of Teaching Writing, we review what tools are out there that might help with different aspects of the writing process.

March 14, 2019 04:11 PM PDT

How can we develop better graduate student writers? In this episode I discuss several strategies: mapping out a plan of development over the entire degree program; developing and using specific models of the genres students need to master in order to graduate; and four specific strategies to adopt right away.

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