Writing Strategies for Anchor Courses

Goal:

Writing assignments in anchor courses introduce students to a discipline’s specific ways of thinking and writing.

Essentials:

  1. While instructors determine the amount and type of writing assigned in the anchor course, instructors should give their students at least one opportunity to use writing as a means of sharing information.
  2. All assignments should be designed for a specific audience and created for a valid purpose.

Use these guidelines to optimize students’ writing experience(s) in your course:

  • Use mixed media: Give students opportunities to incorporate technology into their writing experiences.
  • Move beyond personal experience: Support students in their attempt to present information in writing that informs or persuades an audience.
  • Make connections: Encourage students to integrate various pieces of learning into their writing.
  • Incorporate style: Introduce students to the discipline’s conventions of writing.
  • See writing as a team effort: Provide students with opportunities to both give and receive feedback on writing.

These guidelines support the undergraduate college’s goals for written communication: Consider audience and purpose; apply critical reasoning and creativity; choose appropriate language and style; and follow the conventions of a particular discipline.