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

  • Symbiotic Associations in Nature 

    Summers, Carly Faye (2015)
    This class focused on the analysis, synthesis and evaluation of information through close reading, group discussions, oral presentations and writing exercises. The goal was to promote active learning and develop critical ...
  • Blogs, Bulletpoints, and a Bird’s Eye View of Science 

    Barve, Sahas (2015)
    The title of my course (BIOEE 1640) was “Dingos to Dodos: Island ecology and Evolution” and was taught in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The seminar consisted of roughly two halves. The first half ...
  • Navigating Scientific Research 

    Martin, Laura (2014)
    This sequence of three assignments, designed for a FWS on field biology, familiarizes students with the structure of scientific journal articles, the workings of the academic peer review process, and the skills required ...
  • "Academy" of Motion Pictures: Exercises in Film Analysis 

    Stahl, Lynne (2014)
    This assignment sequence for American Voices: Tomboys in Time, includes preparatory work and three essays. It is designed to develop proficiency in the practice of formal film analysis through a set of tomboy films while ...

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