First-Year Writing Seminar Program
The Archive of Teaching Materials for the Knight Institute makes available the winning entries for the John S. Knight and James F. Slevin Assignment Sequence Prizes and for the Knight Award for Writing Exercises. These sequences and exercises were produced for First-Year Writing Seminars, one of the country's largest and most diverse programs in writing in the disciplines: each semester, over 100 different courses are taught in more than 30 departments and programs located in the humanities, social sciences, expressive arts, and sciences. Through introductory work in each seminar's particular field of study, students learn to write in a range of genres and in ways that emphasize clarity, coherence, intellectual force, and stylistic control.
All documents (in pdf form) are searchable; “Assignment Sequences” and “Writing Exercises” may be searched separately, or the entire archive may be searched at once. For a more in-depth description of how to use these materials, please go to the following link: http://www.arts.cornell.edu/knight_institute/teachingsupport/7100/atm.htm
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(2018)In this exercise, students learn to analyze academic titles of a research essay. It consists of three separate steps. They are designed to help them 1) identify the “academic style,” 2) understand the basic elements (the ...
(2018)My course asked students to take pleasure in the many facets of “the story” - its motivations, assertions, paradoxes, strategies, and inconsistencies through readings of some of the most recent great books from African ...
(2017)This is a handout for an in-class lesson, provided midway through the semester on correcting long, wordy, complicated sentences to improve student writing for clarity. Students revisit this activity during a peer-review ...
(2017)This assignment sequence helps students to learn how to argue like a philosopher. Philosophical arguments have a certain structure, and the often very abstract content requires a high level of clarity. My preparatory writing ...