We thought you might like to see what your colleagues had to say in the small group meetings about the Writ 1120 text. We have many pages of notes, so we tried winnowing down to some of the most common suggestions. They were:
- Add an introductory chapter that helps give students context
- Improve visual appeal: more summary boxes, annotations, less text per page.
- Include more examples of student work, annotating some or all of them.
- Use different examples of published writing (delete Y2K, for example).
- Add "analysis" to CSC - CSAC.
- Make a distinction between paraphrasing and summarizing.
- Add material on quoting effectively.
- Add material on critical reading, annotating texts, how to read academic writing.
- Strengthen material on introductions and conclusions.
- Add and strengthen material on argument.
- De-link chapters and assignments. Focus chapters on concepts and skills, not papers.
- Include periodic review of previous concepts; show more explicitly how each assignment builds on previous skills.
If you'd like to see all of the notes, we're happy to share them. Does this cover the major things you'd like changed? What else do you think is crucial?