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Writing course 101


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Writing course 101

  1. 1. Writing Course 101 - NICOLE ELLIOTT-LABORAY
  2. 2. Welcome to the course!How does one study writing?In the slides that follow, I will provide you with some basicsuggestions for improving your writing and yourperformance in the course (and future courses).This will not be a discussion of specific grammar rules;instead, I will describe effective study strategies.
  3. 3. When I saythe wordwriting,you… A) Jump for Joy
  4. 4. When I saythe wordwriting,you… B) Panic and Sob Uncontrollably
  5. 5. When I saythe wordwriting,you… C) Say: “Okay, can do.”
  6. 6. Learning to writeeffectively will helpyou to achieve youracademic andprofessional goals!
  7. 7. How can I improve my writing? 1st Evaluate your writing determining strengths and weaknesses. 2nd Put aside time each week to study your writing weaknesses. 3rd Develop strategies for proofreading and revision.
  8. 8. Evaluate Writing1st Evaluate your writing determining strengths and weaknesses. Use feedback, your instructor’s comments, to create a list of weaknesses, mistakes most frequently made.
  9. 9. Feedback Writing assignments will always be returnedwith feedback, constructive criticism from theinstructor.I will comment on the text’s content, style, andmechanics.I will mark 1-2 examples for 2-3 specific writingweaknesses.
  10. 10. “I will mark 1-2examples for 2-3specific writingweaknesses.” Why not highlight all mistakes and weaknesses, 100%?
  11. 11. Learning to Self Assess I mark only 1-2 examples for each error type so students may search their documents for additional examples. In this way, students will practice identifying each mistake type. In each assignment, I will limit this to only 2-3 error types as I do not want to overwhelm students with too much feedback. Generally, I will mark the errors that create the greatest amount of confusion for the reader.“Students must increasingly learn to evaluate theirown writing. In the professional world, feedback maybe unavailable.”- Nicole Elliott-Laboray
  12. 12. Independent Study 2nd Put aside time each week to study your writing weaknesses. Each student will have unique strengths and weaknesses.
  13. 13. • FocusContent • Development • Organization • Tone Style • Word Choice • Sentence Structure Students may perform well in • Grammar Mechanics • Format some areas and struggle in others.
  14. 14. Independent Study After learning to identify weaknesses, students must develop strategies to correct common errors and improve writing style. Use class materials, university resources, and the Web to study these topics.“Put aside 30 minutes twice a week to study thesetopics. I am always available to answer question.However, only through regular study and practicewill students overcome their own specific writingchallenges. This process helps students to replace“bad” writing habits with improved practices.”- Nicole Elliott-Laboray
  15. 15. Revision 3rd Develop strategies for proofreading and revision. Experienced writers are typically willing to spend more time revising documents than inexperienced writers.
  16. 16. Revision Strategies•Read your text aloud.•Have a friend read your text to you. Make note of any areas that soundawkward and areas where the reader seems to trip over words.•Allow plenty of time for revision. When possible, put the text aside overnight.Return to revise the text the next day with “fresh eyes.”•Read your text backwards starting from the last word.•Proofread the text multiple times – 1st) focus on content, 2nd) writing style,and 3rd) mechanics.•Always make sure to review the instructions one final time before submittingyour work.
  17. 17. Revision Significant Revision Would this area benefit from more description? Should I reorder these paragraphs? Do I need to rewrite my introduction? Does this paragraph have a focus? Should I support this statement with a source? Word and Sentence Level Revision Does this word convey the correct meaning? Is this term too informal? Is my tone negative? Is this a complete sentence? Does this statement sound awkward? Will the reader understand this sentence?“Have you ever spotted a grammatical error, a typo, ormisspelled word in an advertisement, newspaper, novel ortextbook? Look, you will find them. Documents are almostnever perfect. Make revision a significant part of yourwriting process.”- Nicole Elliott-Laboray
  18. 18. Practice is the key to success!In the weeks that follow, please use myfeedback to guide your efforts. I will helpyou to identify your writing issues and toaccess any necessary study materials.Please, do not hesitate to message me withyour questions and concerns.Good luck with your studies!Nicole