Writing-to-Learn Activities

These resources present informal or non-graded writing activities you can use in your course that use writing as a tool for learning.


Writing Activities to Get Students Thinking and Learning (e-handout)
Mānoa Writing Program, University of Hawai’i
http://www.mwp.hawaii.edu/resources/thinking-learning.htm

A list of informal writing-to-learn activities that can be interated with traditional formal writing assignments like essays or stand alone.  For example, informal writing activities presented that can be coupled with a formal essay assignment include having students write a paraphrase of an assignment’s requirements before they start the assignment to having students write a response memo after receiving comments and a grade on that assignment. The page also offers 11 stand-alone writing-to-learn activities.


What is Writing to Learn? (tutorial)
The WAC Clearinghouse
http://wac.colostate.edu/intro/pop2d.cfm

This well thought-out and well designed online tutorial from The WAC (Writing Across the Curriculum) Clearinghouse explains and demonstrates writing-to-learn activies: short and informal activies you can use in small seminars or large lecture courses to help students experience how writing is a tool for understanding ideas and concepts.  The tutorials includes extensive explanations of the following writing-to-learn activities: reading journal, generic and focused summaries,  annotations,  response papers,  synthesis papers,  discussion starter,  focusing a discussion,  learning log,  analyzing the process,  problem statement,  solving real problems, pre-test warm-ups,  using cases,  letters, what counts as a fact? believing and doubting game,  analysis of events,  project notebooks, and  writing journal.

Writing-to-Learn Activities (e-handout)
Writing Across the Curriculum Program, University of Richmond
http://writing2.richmond.edu/wac/wtl.html

This resources is a collection of classic writing-to-learn activies with ideas on how to use these activities in different disciplines and types of courses.  Specific writing-to-learn activities covered include: Freewriting & Focused Freewriting, Entry Slips/Exit Slips, Reader-Response Writing, The Sentence/Passage Springboard, Writing Definitions to Empower the Student, Student-Formulated Questions, The Short Summary, Group Writing Activities, Dialectical/Double Entry Notebooks, Microthemes, Answer the Question!, and Clarification/Review Letters.


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