Tips for Designing Effective Assignments

Designing Effective Assignments
Some general principles for teaching academic writing in the discipline.

Scaffolding Assignments
A chart that breaks down the process of writing a research paper, with suggestions for scaffolding each step.

Scaffolding Worksheet
A worksheet designed to help faculty break down the steps of their assignments, and determine where scaffolded steps are needed.

8-Week Research Paper Program
A scaffolded, 8-Week research paper program that is adaptable to any course or discipline.

Avoiding Plagiarism
A series of podcasts and activities on avoiding plagiarism and using MLA citation.

Discussing Plagiarism
Three plans for teaching college students to use sources and avoid plagiarism in their writing.

Categories for Sources
From essential to functional categories for sources.


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