Teaching Critical Writing Skills Workshop for TA’s

October 2, 2014 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
TEL 1014
Teaching Commons

This workshop, co-facilitated by a writing skills professor and a librarian, will highlight strategies, assignments and resources that can be used by TA's to strengthen undergraduate students’ skills in writing quality research papers and assignments.

Writing good research papers involves mastery of a complex set of process-focused skills, which may often be taken-for-granted. Examples include creating a working thesis, developing effective research strategies, gathering and noting ideas, planning an effective essay structure, and other strategic approaches to writing and editing.  This workshop will teach participants how to unpack these commonly taken-for-granted skills; that is, techniques will be shared for making the implicit aspects of writing and research explicit. In addition, drawing on SPARK, an online modular tool designed to teach academic literacies, workshop participants will learn about:

  • Principles of effective assignment design for enhancing students’ abilities to write good research papers by addressing and integrating the component skills of writing and research
  • how SPARK modules may be effectively integrated within courses to teach students the skills needed to write better research papers
  • how such SPARK resources as tip sheets, worksheets, and exercises may be used or adapted to teach relevant skills

Facilitated by Ron Sheese and Sophie Bury