This page has specific information and resources for faculty members to use in order to incorporate the Writing Center into your classes. We help with any form of writing at any stage of the writing process, so feel free to contact us and ask how we can help you and your students!
Classroom Writing Support
- Teaching Writing
If you don't teach composition, providing students will writing guidelines in the classroom can be a time-consuming and arduous task. Here are some simple ways to talk about writing in the classroom:
- Global vs. Local - Global writing refers to large scale mechanics, such as generating a strong thesis statement, critical thinking and analysis, integrating evidence, and fulfilling the genre/prompt. Local writing refers to writing style and sentence-level mechanic, such as grammar, diction, syntax, and concision, choppiness, etc. As a rule, ask students to focus on the GLOBAL before the LOCAL.
- The Car Wash Analogy - While grammar is a significant part of writing and communication, sometimes pesky grammar mistakes are less important than analytical thinking and originality. As a general rule, remember the Car Wash Example: If a car is really dirty and has no engine, giving it a car wash will not make it run. Fixing the engine (the content of a paper) would help the car much more than giving it a car wash (the grammar).
- Thinking before Writing - Brainstorming and generating ideas is a major part of the writing process. Without a clear direction or central point, a student cannot write a focused draft. The clarity of the writing often comes from a student's level of thought development. Papers that don't meet length requirements are often lacking adequate brainstorming.
- Writing Requires Steps - Students may struggle with writing because they try to compound the writing process into one step; they aim to create strong ideas, write clearly, and integrate evidence all in one draft. Yet, even the most skilled writers have difficulty multitasking in this way. Instead, the best writing results from taking one task at a time and creating multiple drafts.
- Writing is a Tool - Emphasizing that writing is a strategy of learning is a productive way introduce writing in the classroom. Assigning low-stakes writing (writing not for a grade) might encourage students to use writing as a tool, not merely a product.
- In-Class Materials
Faculty can use a number of assignments and powerpoint presentations to help students learn about important writing related topics and use the Writing Center regularly.
Writing Center Visit Reflection Assignment
APA Citation Guide
MLA Citation Guide
Chicago Citation Guide
- Writing Rubrics
- Holistic Rubric - A general rubric with broad descriptions of requirements that make for quick grading. These are useful for short or low-stakes assignments. Sample Here: Holistic Rubric
- Analytical Rubric - A thorough breakdown of writing elements and mechanics that allows instructors to itemize requirements and assign points for different skills. These are useful for longer papers or high-stakes work. Sample Here: Analytical Rubric
- Sample Rubric For Student Papers
- Sample Rubric for Oral Presentations
- Best Tips for Writing
Refer your students to this list of best tips for writing!
- Writing is a Process - The approach to each stage of writing will differ depending on the assignment, but you should always put the work in and not take short cuts.
- Start Early - Start when the assignment is given and make a plan to work on it in sections for a certain amount of time.
- Research First - Before generating ideas, find out what research it out there that addresses the prompt.
- Brainstorm Interesting Topics - While brainstorming ideas, make sure you choose a topic that interests you; it can help improve the strength of your ideas.
- Don't Forget the Prompt - At each stage of writing, continuously look over the prompt to make sure you’re following the guidelines.
- Cite as You Write - Keep a list of each source’s bibliographic information so that anytime you quote, summarize, or paraphrase a source, you can add the citation right away.
- Global Before Local - Revise global aspects of writing (analysis and structure) before local aspects (sentence structure and grammar).
- Do Multiple Drafts - The first draft should focus on getting your ideas onto paper, the second draft should solidify global aspects of the paper, and the final draft should focus on style and grammar aspects for clarity.
- Read Out Loud - If you read your paper out loud, then you’re more likely to catch some run-on sentences, awkward phrases, or grammar mistakes.
- Be Patient - Writing is a difficult task and it’s hard to put your ideas into concise words, so don’t stress and take a break when needed.
- In-Person Consultations: We offer synchronistic, one-on-one tutoring at the Writing Center where we’ll discuss any piece of writing at any stage of the writing process.
- Online Consultations: The Writing Center offers online consultations. Clients can also communicate through a phone call, Skype, or Zoom upon request. For more information go to this link: https://www.callutheran.edu/students/writing-center/online.html
- Group Consultations: We offer group consultations for group projects. One group member makes an appointment and all members attend the session. We will only discuss work of students present at the session.
The Writing Center offers custom workshops and presentations designed to support instructors in the classroom. Sample presentations include Introduction to Writing Center Services, APA Citations, Organization Strategies, and The Writing Process. Request a presentation below by filling out the request form.
Faculty can schedule a 10-15 minute class or individual tour in order to learn about our open study space, in-house resources, and tutoring areas. We will give information about our policies and help students register for our services. Request a tour at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Writing Center hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including: student and faculty Write-In Days, open house events, and writing workshops. These events are an opportunity for students to meet our staff, learn writing skills, and engage with their peers.
The Writing Center Faculty Page includes sample assignments, rubrics, and PowerPoint presentations for in-class use. Faculty can assign students to visit the Writing Center, utilize Citation PowerPoints, and review writing skills handouts.
- Required Appointments: Professors can require students to visit The Writing Center. If you have this requirement for your class, help us prepare by emailing your prompt and guidelines ahead of time to our associate director, Tanvi Patel, at email@example.com. Note: Let students know of this requirement early in their writing process.
- What We Don’t Do: Since our mission is to support student growth, the Writing Center cannot do the following: perform line-by-line editing, proofread student work, write papers for students, or provide asynchronistic consulting.
- Grading Policy: Writing consultants cannot grade student work, pass judgment on grades received, or comment on professor feedback. We leave grading to faculty.
- Right of Refusal: Consultants can refuse to work with a client if he or she requests assistance beyond the scope of the center, becomes hostile towards a consultant, makes inappropriate advances, disregards the rules of the center, or is not a current or former CLU student.
- Confidentiality Policy: Our confidentiality policy requires all student work, conversations, and comments to remain in the center. We will not share student work or personal information without explicit consent.
- Proof of Attendance: Upon request, students who require proof of attendance will be given a stamp on their paper or on the proof of attendance form at the end of their session. Students 15+ minutes late to an appointment will not receive proof of attendance. For online appointments, students can pick up proof of attendance the next time they’re in the Writing Center.
The Writing Center would appreciate your comments and feedback about our services. To help us improve our resources, please click on the survey link below or send an email to Director Scott Chiu at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!