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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.
(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 ...
(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 ...