Writing Prompts: Understanding what the teacher wants (3/3)

This post is a continuation of Writing Prompts: Understanding what the teacher wants (1/3) and Writing Prompts: Understanding what the teacher wants (2/3)

Third Example: Literary Analysis/Response

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Writing Prompts: Understanding what the teacher wants (1/3)

In this post, we will go through how to dissect a writing prompt in order to figure out exactly what your teacher wants from you. I will also give you some pointers about how papers could be structured in response to different prompts.

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Yes, your teacher DOES owe you a grade. BUT.

I get it. College is expensive. College students graduated with an average of $37,000 in student loan debt in 2016. In response, college students are working more: nationally, about one-fourth of all college students work full-time while going to school full-time. Almost 40% of undergraduate college students work 30 hours a week (get more detail here). When I ask my students if they work at least part-time, nearly every hand in class goes up.

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How to read an assignment sheet and rubric

This post builds off of the Before You Begin blog post, which provided you with some ideas of where to find out what your teacher expects of your writing submissions. In this post, we will review how to read an assignment sheet and a grading rubric, using examples from my own teaching.

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Before You Begin

So you have a writing assignment for your class, and you’ve been given the assignment instructions. Is that all the information you need? In this post, we’re going to talk about the different places you can look to figure out what you need to do for the writing assignment.

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Learning to Write Well: Why Bother?

Why should I bother to learn to write well? I’ll never use it after I graduate, anyway.

Learning to write effectively is not just about writing college papers. Learning to make a convincing argument, to marshal sources to back up what you are saying, and make an appeal to your audience – these are all things that can follow you into not just your professional life, but into your personal life as well.

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