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The 6 academic writing assignments : designing the user's journey

Author: Jim Burke
Publisher: Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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Writing assignments are road maps-or they should be. They guide the writer on a journey. They lay out a process, envision a destination. They are designed. As Jim Burke explains it: "What we are really doing when we create a year's worth of writing assignments, of experiences, is designing a story. Each day's class a sentence, each week a paragraph, each unit a chapter in the story of the year students spend in our  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Burke
ISBN: 9780325050942 0325050945
OCLC Number: 1047576028
Description: xv, 182 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Designing the User’s Journey – Writing to Learn: Practicing Some Mental Moves – The Short Answer: Fostering the Art of Paying Attention and Close Reading – Writing on Demand: Finding and Authentic Pathway for Learning – The Process Paper: Designing the Stages of Composing – The Research Paper: Challenging Complexity – Alternative Forms of Academic Writing: Implementing New Forms, Features, and Functions – Conclusion: Teaching Writing Better by Design
Other Titles: Six academic writing assignments
Responsibility: Jim Burke.

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Writing assignments are road maps-or they should be. They guide the writer on a journey. They lay out a process, envision a destination. They are designed. As Jim Burke explains it: "What we are really doing when we create a year's worth of writing assignments, of experiences, is designing a story. Each day's class a sentence, each week a paragraph, each unit a chapter in the story of the year students spend in our classes. And as with any good story, there needs to be tension and transformation by the time one arrives at the end, or what I have called 'the user's journey.'" These maps are crucially important for engaging students with academic writing, which is often unfamiliar territory. Drawing on his extensive review of academic writing assignments across the country, Jim identifies six major categories of writing assignments that help students become better writers, readers, and thinkers: Writing to learn -- Short answer -- Writing on demand -- Process paper (which goes through multiple drafts) -- Research paper/report -- Alternate forms (multimedia presentations, etc.). For each assignment type, Jim invites us into his own practice. He shows how he composes the assignment, how he creates gateway activities to help prepare students, how he troubleshoots common problems, how he gives response, how he clarifies the criteria on which students will be judged. He also shows how these assignments are related-how the earlier assignments build to later more complex ones. So please join a master teacher at work. Take this journey with him. -- Provided by publisher.

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