The Skidmore College Expository Writing Network. Approaches for a Writing-Intensive Instruction

The Skidmore College Expository Writing Network. Approaches for a Writing-Intensive Instruction

Three kinds of activity easily integrate into witing-intensive courses. First are the ones activities which focus only on the CONTENT, such as for example lectures and discussions of texts. Second are activities related solely to WRITING as separate through the content concerns regarding the course. Grammar drills or sentence combining exercises fall into this category, but so would lecturing on writing in general or examining models of good writing regardless of the information. Third are activities which teach BOTH WRITING AND CONTENT. Peer critiquing, journal writing, and group brainstorming teach both writing and content as does examining model essays which are chosen for the quality of the writing while the value of the content. The following tips are intended to show how writing can be taught not simply as a skill that is mechanicalthrough sentence and paragraph modeling), nor merely as the display of information (by concentrating solely on content), but as a generative intellectual activity with its own right. Read more