Practical Writing Activities           FoC Sandra Sinfield & Tom Burns Education/LDU/LearnHigher                          ...
Writing is …EASY – you just stare at a blank piece of paper till your  eyeballs bleed!
Writing is …Something I didn’t think I’d have to do…What is academic writing?How do we do it successfully?
Quick SWOT on your writing• Strengths: what do you like about your  writing?• Weaknesses: what do you dislike about your  ...
Writing is …• Thinking• Learning• A struggle• We ‘write to learn’• Not learn to write                          5
Tips:• Write little and often• Use writing as a learning/thinking  tool• Experiment with free writing                     ...
Writing as a thinking/learning             tool                       See   http://www.arts.ac.uk/cetl/visual-directions/ ...
Reflective learning journal• Who uses a reflective learning  journal?• Is it creative like the CLiP CETL one?• Use your jo...
Suggested entries• Reflections on study sessions: what, why,  reaction, learned, new goals …• Notes on reading• Questions ...
Experiment with Freewriting• Peter Elbow (1998) argues that free-writing  encourages students to write at length without  ...
Free write:• To start your assignment: read the title – just  respond to it, without a plan for 10 minutes• Write with two...
Free write for your Report - RADSE• We are now going to use Free write techniques  to get started on your report for this ...
ResearchWhat research haveyou done around yourobject: visiting theBritish Museum,listening to podcasts,reading books? Othe...
Analysis• Why have you chosen the  object you did? Why that  one and not another? What  do you want your audience  to thin...
Design• What are the similarities/  differences between the  objects in your group? How  are you going to showcase  these ...
Solution• What building have you  done? Why? What  problems …? What  solutions have you tried?  Which have worked?  Which ...
Evaluation• How will you evaluate the  success of your exhibition?  Are you canvassing visitors’  for feedback? How are yo...
Free write to start your Report• Now you can review the free  writing that you did under the  RADSE headings• Now you have...
Writing …•   Quiz:    http://learning.londonmet.ac.uk/LMBS/study/reports_essays/•   DESK:•   http://learning.londonmet.ac....
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  1. 1. Practical Writing Activities FoC Sandra Sinfield & Tom Burns Education/LDU/LearnHigher 1
  2. 2. Writing is …EASY – you just stare at a blank piece of paper till your eyeballs bleed!
  3. 3. Writing is …Something I didn’t think I’d have to do…What is academic writing?How do we do it successfully?
  4. 4. Quick SWOT on your writing• Strengths: what do you like about your writing?• Weaknesses: what do you dislike about your writing or academic writing in general?• Opportunities: what’s in it for you ?• Threats: what threat does academic writing pose for you? 4
  5. 5. Writing is …• Thinking• Learning• A struggle• We ‘write to learn’• Not learn to write 5
  6. 6. Tips:• Write little and often• Use writing as a learning/thinking tool• Experiment with free writing 6
  7. 7. Writing as a thinking/learning tool See http://www.arts.ac.uk/cetl/visual-directions/ 1
  8. 8. Reflective learning journal• Who uses a reflective learning journal?• Is it creative like the CLiP CETL one?• Use your journal to:• Plan your projects• Reflect on your progress• Develop your thinking/writing. 8
  9. 9. Suggested entries• Reflections on study sessions: what, why, reaction, learned, new goals …• Notes on reading• Questions about your reading• Free writing on a topic• Glossary of terms• Planning and drafting• Notes from the press… 9
  10. 10. Experiment with Freewriting• Peter Elbow (1998) argues that free-writing encourages students to write at length without fear of censorship. Benefits:• Freedom to explore a topic• Builds & demonstrates knowledge• Encourages understanding• Spelling & grammar (3 min): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlL5W2qA0EA• On writing (9min):• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDUn1c4uxUE 10
  11. 11. Free write:• To start your assignment: read the title – just respond to it, without a plan for 10 minutes• Write with two pieces of paper – one for work and one for what’s stopping you…• If stuck – be rude… and write any way• To start anything – tear pictures from magazines, make a collage – write about it… 11
  12. 12. Free write for your Report - RADSE• We are now going to use Free write techniques to get started on your report for this module.• You will need paper and pen• I will ask you to write for two minutes on each of the RADSE areas• Go with the flow• Do not search for the right word• Do not worry about spelling, punctuation or grammar• Just respond to the prompts, write without stopping – reflect and develop later. 12
  13. 13. ResearchWhat research haveyou done around yourobject: visiting theBritish Museum,listening to podcasts,reading books? Other? 13
  14. 14. Analysis• Why have you chosen the object you did? Why that one and not another? What do you want your audience to think about your object after your presentation/exhibition? 14
  15. 15. Design• What are the similarities/ differences between the objects in your group? How are you going to showcase these in your exhibition space? 15
  16. 16. Solution• What building have you done? Why? What problems …? What solutions have you tried? Which have worked? Which did you discard? Why? 16
  17. 17. Evaluation• How will you evaluate the success of your exhibition? Are you canvassing visitors’ for feedback? How are you going to do this? What criteria could identify your success or failure? 17
  18. 18. Free write to start your Report• Now you can review the free writing that you did under the RADSE headings• Now you have something to draw upon to write your REPORT• Good luck – and enjoy writing it!! 18
  19. 19. Writing …• Quiz: http://learning.londonmet.ac.uk/LMBS/study/reports_essays/• DESK:• http://learning.londonmet.ac.uk/TLTC/learnhigher/desk/desk.html•• Our writing space:• http://learning.londonmet.ac.uk/TLTC/connorj/WritingGroups/• EXCELLENT site for linking phrases and for WRITING: http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk/• Our Preventing Plagiarism course – in WebLearn:• http://learning.londonmet.ac.uk/TLTC/learnhigher/Plagiarism/

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