Teaching Resources

Assigning and Managing Collaborative Writing Projects Setting guidelines for the collaborative process and offering clear expectations for what the final paper should look like cannot only help students get as much as possible out of the assignment, but also make your life easier when it comes time to grade.

E-Portfolios in Writing 100 (video)
Screencast video of Writing 100: Transition to College Writing instructors reflecting on the use of ePortfolio to develop student writing with examples of student ePortfolio work.

Effective Assignment Sequencing for Scaffolding Learning
Whether you’re teaching a course flagged as writing intensive, or a content-heavy course with minimal writing, you can effectively incorporate writing tasks to enhance student learning.

Exercise in Self-Reflection Negiotiating Errors in Multilingual Writing
Answering these questions, and sharing your answers with multilingual students, will allow your multilingual students to have a sense of what aspects of writing you value as most important in your course.

Giving Feedback on Student Writing
This guide offers an overview of some widely shared ideas about giving good feedback, followed by descriptions of a variety of strategies for putting those ideas into practice.

Integrating Low-Stakes Writing Into Large Classes
This resource addresses such concerns and provides guidelines and methods for incorporating low-stakes writing into your class without being overwhelmed with work.

Metacognition - Cultivating Reflection to Help Students Become Self-Directed Learners Teach your students to practice reflection in a variety of ways to facilitate more effective and fulfilling metacognition, thinking about one's thinking in order to grow.

Motivating Students to Read and Write in All Disciplines
This guide describes general considerations that highlight the importance of motivating students to read and write, and it offers strategies that you can use in your courses to integrate reading and writing in all disciplines.

Providing Grades and Feedback to Multilingual Students
This tip sheet and the accompanying supplements will help you determine when, how, and why to adjust your feedback and grading strategies for L2 writers.

Recommended Reading on Pedgogical Practice with L2 Writers
Recommended Readings on Pedagogical Practice with L2 Writers help instructors understand how, why, and when to provide models to Second Language (L2) writers.

The Revision Project - Students Talk About Revision (website) addresses the most frequently asked questions about the revision process. Through videos and accompanying text, see the process of revision in all of its challenge, excitement, frustration, and satisfaction through the eyes of U-M undergrads.

Syntactic Models (Generic)
Faculty can share these models with students to improve correct syntax.

Syntactic Models in the Disciplines
Provide your students with syntactic models drawn from texts that you read in class to help them recognize and incorporate the grammatical structures and vocabulary used in your discipline into their own writing.

Teaching Citation and Documentation Norms
This guide covers avoiding plagiarism and producing in-text citations and reference lists; and, discussing citation norms to help students become aware of how those norms function rhetorically within your scholarly community.

Using Blogs in the Classroom
Blogging can improve students’ writing skills and build their confidence as writers. This guide describes strategies for using blogs as a writing tool in the classroom.

Using Peer Review to Improve Student Writing
This guide first describes general considerations that can help improve the quality of the feedback students offer one another before describing several strategies for managing peer review.