Most materials in the Assignment Sequence collection have won the James F. Slevin Assignment Sequence prize, a competition sponsored by the John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines. Each semester, a prize is awarded to the teacher submitting the best sequence of writing assignments used in a First-Year Writing Seminar. Submissions include a description of several sequenced essay assignments, which are often innovative, for instance in genre and rhetorical situation; a full description of preparatory work for each essay, sometimes including handouts used; and a rationale.

Recent Submissions

  • Honing Close Reading through Lectio Divina and the Edan Project 

    Kioko, Victoria Emma (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 ...
  • Tackling Long, Complicated Sentences 

    Freshour, Carrie (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 ...
  • How to Argue Like a Philosopher 

    Mobus, Freya (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 ...
  • Film Viewing Refection Worksheet 

    Kriszta, Pozsonyi (2017)
  • Creative Writing Exercise: Crafting a Text for a Specific Audience 

    Benedetta Luciana Sara, Carnaghi (2017)
    The goal of this sequence of writing exercises is to teach students to be aware of the intended audience of their texts. It also helps them pay attention to the genre that their text belongs to, the goal(s) that it should ...
  • Writing as an Act of Conversing: Discussing Free Speech 

    Lucia, Munguia (2017)
    This assignment sequence includes three essays, various preparation assignments, and in-class activities. Crafted for the development of critical thinking skills, it takes students through a brief history of the philosophical ...
  • Thesis Telephone 

    McDonald, Cait (2016)
    Argumentative writing requires that you state a position and make a claim. Typically this main claim, or thesis, will come at the end of your introduction, where it functions to summarize of what you’ll be arguing in your ...
  • Putting the Moves on Your Readers: How to Construct a Seductive and Scintillating Opening Paragraph 

    Hall, Amelia (2016)
    This handout demystifies the moves that a successful “opening paragraph” should make, and in particular suggests that students think of their opening paragraphs as needing to attract readers with two really good “one-liners”—the ...
  • Digital Dissections Using Voyant 

    Hall, Amelia (2016)
    This assignment sequence consists of two lab report writing assignments, an informal writing assignment on endings, an introduction to digital humanities handout, and a “How to Perform a digital dissection” handout, all ...
  • Planting the Seed of an Argument 

    Lowell, Mandy (2016)
    “Planting the Seed of an Argument” is designed to accompany close-reading papers, and encourages students to center their papers around something that stood out to them in the text(s) – the seed of their interest. By ...

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