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

  • An Assignment Sequence on Layli Long Soldier’s “38” 

    Martinez, Yessica (2020)
    An assignment sequence on Layli Long Soldier’s “38” that engages students in a close reading practice and challenges them to use the evolving thesis model proposed by David Rossenwasser and Jill Stephens. Through pre-writing ...
  • Cultivating Disaster Literacy: Concepts, Ethics, Vulnerabilities, Temporalities 

    Lord, Austin (2020)
    This sequence of assignments was designed to help students build critical thinking and writing skills that will help them communicate more clearly about the complexities of disaster, climate change, and environmental ...
  • Grant Proposal Assignment 

    Lau, Ting Hui (2019)
    Students were assigned a travel grant proposal as their final assignment. Students had to design a research plan, travel itinerary, and budget for the Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) Engaged Travel Grant. The SEAP Engaged ...
  • Finding Context, Constructing Arguments, and Cutting: Writing Fundamentals 

    Sales, Benjamin (2019)
    This assignment sequence is designed to enhance students’ writing abilities. The assignments are ordered to help students first see how different arguments fit into the context of a wider dialectic, then to help them build ...
  • Rhetoric Analysis, Johnson Museum Excursion, Op-Eds and Creative Writing 

    Sheng, Annie (2018)
    Students learn how to analyze rhetoric, craft an op-ed and switch on creative modes in considering the subjects of food technology, risk and society. Namely, this sequence of events will prepare students to write and ...
  • 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 ...

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