Teaching Ideas

Looking for creative ways to integrate this website into your writing course? We believe instructors bring their unique knowledge base to the composition classroom, and that few things we suggest will fit your context perfectly. We also believe that there is no need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to teaching; we should learn from each other, build on one another’s ideas, and continually rethink and reinvent our teaching. Therefore, what we offer here are a few adaptable ideas for integrating the resources on this site to suit the needs of you and your students. We welcome your comments, feedback, and additions as we continue maintaining this site.

First, here are a few quick, general ideas for using the site in your classroom. Below this list, we’ve included links to more in-depth lesson plans and assignments you might consider adopting or adapting:

  • If you notice your students struggling with a particular aspect of the revision process, such as time management or restructuring, play a couple of the videos from a single page of the website in class. Develop some discussion questions or engage students in the activities included on the webpage. Ask students (in words or in writing) how they plan to change their revision approach for their next writing assignment.
  • Ask students to identify an aspect of revision with which they regularly struggle. Place students in groups according to their challenges. Try to place students with different challenges in the same group — they can learn from one another! In their groups, students can share their obstacles and look on the website for solutions to their obstacles. Each group should then write an “advice column” to other writers that provides insight garnered from their discussion and engagement with the website.
  • Assign the website “as homework,” like a reading assignment. Have students choose one writer on the website with whom they identify as a writer. Ask them to write a quick reflection (or freewrite in class) about what made them connect with this particular writer. What are the strengths of their mutual processes? What are the potential weaknesses?
  • Gather the student sample papers from the Student Examples page of this site. In groups, have students analyze the changes one writer made and assess whether these changes were good ones. Then ask students to examine their own papers for changes and compare their revising process to the students featured here.

And finally, a few detailed lesson plans / handouts / assignments for you to adopt and adapt — we ask only that you also attribute!

Lesson Plan 1 Materials: Exploring our Revision Processes

Lesson Plan 2 Materials: Considering Professional Writers’ Revision Processes

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