SUGGESTIONS FOR ASSIGNING AND EVALUATING STUDENT WRITING
by Doreen Salli, Director of The Writing Center
1. Explain the purpose of the writing assignment and show how it fits within the goals of your course.
2. Make your expectations clear in a written version of the assignment.
3. Present the assignment during class time, and spend a few minutes discussing it.
4. Specify an audience for each assignment.
5. Devise a logical sequence of assignments, from the simpler to the more complex.
6. Divide longer assignments into several steps, collecting parts of the assignment along the way.
7. Provide students with samples of the kinds of writing you are expecting.
8. Set high standards for their written work and communicate the criteria of evaluation in advance.
9. Plan to allow time for revision.
10. Recommend that your students come to The Writing Center for one-to-one instruction at any stage of the writing process.
11. Spend some class time discussing examples of successful student papers.
12. Think of your written comments as a way of helping students see how they can strengthen their ideas through the process of revision.
13. Some tips for composing effective marginal comments.
14. Some tips for composing an effective final comment.
15. Encourage them!
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