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Structuring and Sequencing Writing Assignments

Event date: Monday, March 25, 2013, from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Location: CTE - UNH 3030

Structuring and Sequencing Writing Assignments [Event flyer]

Presented by: Suzanne Lane, PhD, Director, Writing Across the Curriculum, MIT

A main goal of the First-Year Seminars is that students will learn to “engage critically and reflectively in scholarly discourse,” but what kinds of writing assignments will promote this learning? What do assignment prompts need to explain for students to fully understand the task? How should assignments change and build on each other over the course of the semester? This workshop will help faculty consider the various concepts and contexts that shape student writing, and will offer strategies for constructing both individual assignments and the sequence of writing assignments over a semester. Working with examples from different disciplines, and with both formal assignments and informal, writing-to-learn prompts, participants will gain hands-on experience with thinking through modular, incremental, and cognitive sequencing.

Suzanne Lane is Acting Director of Writing Across the Curriculum in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, and directs the Writing Advisor program in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Dr. Lane has taught Writing at Harvard University, and American and African American Literature at Boston University and California State University, San Bernardino. Dr. Lane’s research focuses on rhetorical and narrative theory, as well as on student writing development. As a researcher on the Harvard Study of Undergraduate Writing, Dr. Lane investigated how students learn the rhetorical cultures and conventions of different disciplines across the curriculum. In her current book project, Dr. Lane analyzes the rhetoric of slave narratives, academic histories, and historical novels of slavery. Parts of this work have been published in African American Review.

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Other workshops by Suzanne Lane at LMU:

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu or x85866.

This program will be video and audio taped and may be podcast. By your willing participation in the program, you expressly and irrevocably consent to be photographed, videotaped and/or audio taped and quoted/cited. The films, tapes, and other digital recordings will become the property of the Center of Teaching Excellence, LMU.