List of Instructional Activities
Here are some examples of activities that faculty sometimes do during SWS classes.
Teaching the writing process:
- I modeled some aspects of the writing process.
- I taught students how to create a rough draft, outline, or visual representation of their ideas.
- I taught students a method of note-taking during the research process.
- I taught students how to holistically revise rough drafts to improve logic and clarity.
- I taught students some time management strategies for getting to the writing.
- We discussed the stress associated with the writing process.
Teaching an understanding of genre:
- We critically analyzed the typical genres (forms and types of texts) that professionals compose in this field.
- I explained how I define an “A” paper.
- We studied well-written sentences and/or paragraphs.
- We analyzed an example of the kind of text that students were assigned to write.
- We discussed the writing style and structure of assigned readings.
- I taught students how to locate and use reliable sources of information.
Teaching an awareness of audience:
- We read and responded to a student’s draft as a whole class.
- I taught students how to respond in helpful ways to classmates’ drafts.
- Students responded to each other’s drafts.
- We discussed the needs and expectations of readers.
- I explained the purpose(s) of the writing assignments.
Teaching the conventions of revised written English:
- I taught some of the conventions of revised written English.
- I addressed the linguistic equality and power of different dialects of English.
- I taught students how to edit surface level mistakes.
- I shared my understanding of the mistakes students commonly make when writing.