2014 Spring Writing Institute (SWI)
AWC is pleased to announce the third annual Spring Writing Institute (SWI), a professional development opportunity for all English faculty, faculty teaching Writing Intensive (WI) courses, and those who want to learn more about how to incorporate community-based writing and service-learning into their courses so as to critically engage students in their writing and in their community. The 2014 SWI is scheduled for Saturday, April 26 from 9am-3pm in the East Meeting Room in the 3C building on the AWC Main Campus. This year's SWI facilitator is Isabel Baca, PhD, Associate Professor in the Rhetoric and Writing Studies Program at The University of Texas-El Paso. Click here to find out more about the 2014 SWI and how to register.
Ideas are birthed from words
AWC is committed to developing academic writers capable of approaching a variety of writing assignments with the requisite skills and confidence for success. In order to accomplish this goal the English department faculty have developed a common Writing Assignment Rubric and an updated Writing Guide.
The rubric is intended to serve as a model and the Writing Guide supports and explains various aspects of the writing process. Explicit writing expectations and evaluation in all of our AWC courses are critical elements in the development of successful academic writers; thus, whether you make use of this rubric or another you design within your department or your own course, our desire is to foster a campus of confident academic writers who understand what is asked of them in their written work, how it is evaluated, and how to improve upon that work.
In addition to these AWC materials there are several links below that address the development and assessment of academic writing assignments across disciplines, as well as writing resources to make available to our AWC students. This is the beginning of what we hope will develop into a comprehensive Writing Resources web page to serve the needs of all of our AWC faculty and students.
Why Students Can't Write
- A special report in The Atlantic
magazine that looks at the successes and failures of teaching writing techniques, styles, and ideas.
Developing Writing Assignments
Creating Effective Writing Assignments
Creativity and Writing: The Postcard Project
Evaluating Student Writing
Sample AWC Writing Assignment Rubrics
Administrative of Justice Sample A; Adminstrative of Justice Sample B
Agricultural Sciences Sample A; Agricultural Sciences Sample B; Agricultural Sciences Sample C
English Sample A; English Sample B; English Sample C; English Sample D; English Sample E
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Sample A; Family and Consumer Sciences Sample B
ORI International Students
Helpful Links for Students
Common Grammatical Errors that Drive Professors Nuts!
Extreme Error List
Proofreading for Surface (Common) Errors
Punctuation Errors Explained
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Writing Tips for Students