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.
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.
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.
In my experience as a college professor, students are more and more often entering college without the academic writing skills that they need. Notice that I said skills, not ability. A skill is something that you can develop, and that’s what this blog is for.