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Assignments & activities

Photo of teacher and students in front of  whiteboardFrom in-class activities to sequenced informal and formal assignments, there are a wealth of possibilities for involving your students in meaningful writing practice and learning.

In this section, you’ll find a wide variety of examples that can inspire your creation of writing assignments and writing activities for your course.

Approaches to designing assignments and activities

Designing Effective Writing Assignments

10 Tips for Effective Free-Writing Exercises

Informal, In-Class Writing Activities

Teaching with Writing in Large Classes

Teaching Your Field's Forms of Writing (Mānoa Writing Program, University of Hawai'i)

Digital  Writing

Sample Assignments (Colorado U)

Digital Writing Bibliography (Colorado U)

Digital Writing: Assessment and Evaluation (eBook)

Team Writing

Tips for Team Work and Team Writing (Cal State - Pomona)

Team Writing Checklist (Oklahoma U)

Group Writing (U of North Carolina Writing Center)

Samples of assignments and activities

Astronomy 1001 | Reflective Essays
2-page assignments on the interaction of humans with Earth

Business Administration 3033 | Business Communication Assignments
principles for writing professional documents, including business memos

Civil Engineering / Geology 4301 | Laboratory Assignment
formal scientific writing (procedure, results, calculations, references), including a cover letter and appendices

Economics 4431W | Economic Analysis Paper
sequenced, process-oriented assignments (proposal, outline, draft), with explicit grading criteria

History / East Asian Studies 3464 | Sequenced Assignments
diverse formal and informal writing assignments due throughout the term

Mechanical Engineering 2001 | Reflecting on your Index Card Platform
students reflect on their own design solutions and those of their peers

Mechanical Engineering 4054 | Design Project Final Report
a broad range of writing considerations (objectives, audience, style, organization, data presentation, collaborative writing)

Sociology 3452 | Service Learning Weekly Reflection Papers
informal writing; integration of course content with service-learning activities


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