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writing resources

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. 
Writing Assignments- A small sample of writing assignments created by AWC faculty.
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

Co-op Education


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

Paralegal Studies


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

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