Teaching Writing in the Disciplines

This course is a hands-on workshop for Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) teaching and grading Upper-Level Writing Requirement (ULWR) courses that undergraduate students use to satisfy the Upper-Level Writing Requirement. This course is mandatory for GSIs working in these courses but may be elected with permission of the Sweetland Center for Writing by other GSIs interested in the course.

This one-credit course provides graduate students an opportunity to reflect on the practice of teaching and to develop effective pedagogical skills needed to GSI a course in which writing plays a key role.  In addition to readings, the course materials include student papers, sample assignments, and samples of student/teacher interactions. The first two-hour course session, held during the first week of class, will address the ULWR requirement and foundational strategies for responding to student writing. Six subsequent two-hour meetings, spaced throughout the semester, will address linguistic diversity in student writing, dealing with issues of academic honesty, and guiding students through the writing process, from topic generation to revision.  The course instructor will also schedule one-to-one or small-group meetings during the semester to address individual GSI questions and concerns about teaching writing in a ULWR course.

Two sections of this course are offered every fall and winter term on Tuesday from 4-6pm and Wednesday 9-11am.  Sessions begin the first week of classes.