Writing ACTIVITYWriting is easy – you just stare at a blank piece of paper till your eyeballs bleed!
Writing ACTIVITY• Some thoughts about writing• Writing activity• Reflecting on the activity• Applying what you’ve learned to the Assignment• Useful resources
Student responses to writing: I’ve been humiliated in ways I’d never have put up with outside that institution
Student responses to writing:I am still not sure if my work isconsidered academic, I still don’t knowwhat makes one of my essays betterthan another.
And:Academic language, the kind of language thatdoesn’t readily flow off my tongue: the type oflanguage I rarely use when speaking to mypeers. The type of language that I don’treadily understand and the type of languagethat means spending hours at a computerturning something quite simple intosomething that sounds moderately impressivewith elitist results.
Perhaps it is not that we cannot write, butWe need:• Time to ‘write to learn’• Time to practice writing• To write little and often• To discover that writing gets easier with practice.• So …
Writing ActivityFree writingEach person should have in front of them:• Two sheets of paper:• One, blank, to write upon,• One, the ‘commentary’ sheet, to note reasons for not writing• Pens or pencils
The Activity• When asked, turn to your blank paper and write for ten minutes without pause on the question below.• If you stop writing for any reason, write that reason, no matter how trivial or insignificant on the ‘commentary’ sheet.
(1) Assignment Activity• Did you enjoy that writing?• Review it – what does it tell you about:• What you already know?• What you need to find out?• What you will be looking for in lectures?• What you will be looking for when reading?
(2) Why did you STOP writing? Some reasons for stopping:• Thinking• Searching for a word, spelling, tense• Uncomfortable• Distracted• Couldn’t see the point• What are you going to do about this?
(3) Some solutions …• Get into a good physical & mental space: Be comfortable – your way Accept the task – or fake it!• Brainstorm & plan before you write• Once you start – go with the flow• Don’t stop!• Do not search for the right word – re-draft and improve later.
NEXT STEPS…• How will your free write help you with the final part of your assessment?• How will thinking about writing help with your writing?
Writing …• Organise your DESK and your READING:• http://learning.londonmet.ac.uk/TLTC/learnhigher/desk/desk.html• Check out these writing resources:• http://learning.londonmet.ac.uk/TLTC/connorj/WritingGroups/• Essay writing animation – Portsmouth:• http://ondemand.port.ac.uk/central/One_way_to_write_an_essay.wmv• Essay/report quiz: http://learning.londonmet.ac.uk/LMBS/study/reports_essays/• 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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