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College Writing: Could We Discuss Reasonable Expectations and Teach Good Grammar?

As an instructor of College Writing, I am struck by what expectations are placed upon our students in terms of the types of essays we ask them to produce and the level of academic savvy we presume they should display even within their very first semester of college.

Having been […]

Quality of the writing in an assignment

I am struggling with the quality of writing that students are producing for written assignments. Although one section of the rubric might contain statements such as : “No grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors. Paragraphs are well structured. Sections are well organized. APA format is used.” this seems to be totally disregarded. I have students who […]

Writing Process – Raw

The first year I began teaching at Queens, I read a Chronicle of Higher Education article online dealing with students hiring ghost writers to produce their papers. Recently, when I went onto their site, I saw the same article listed as the most viewed.

Because of that article and a recommendation from a colleague, I […]

Stylebook/Internet Site Recommendation

When I first started teaching at Queens, my classes were solely face-to-face. Students “reported” that they read the material, but when I asked them at the beginning of the next class to respond to an oral prompt related to the reading, I discovered that some did not read the material and others did not “get” […]