Chapter 11  Writing in College

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Additional Links and Resources

Links for Writing Levels in Action (page 289 of Foundations of Learning):

There have been many educators and researchers who have studied and written about the process of writing. Back in 1916, Sir Authur Quiller Couch wrote a book on The Art of WritingSince the 70ís there has been more written about how to teach writing. Read more about the ideas of Peter Elbow, a well-known writer about writing. Or check out Charles Brazermanís book, Shaping Written Knowledge, in which he explores the writing of the experimental article in science.

Many colleges and universities have online writing centers. The International Writing Centers Association provides links to writing centers, sorting them by type of institution. But, you may prefer this site, which lists fewer writing centers, but gives highlights about what is available at each one.

The  International Writing Centers Association also offers links to Resources for Writers. Open Colleges offers a detailed list of Style Guides (MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE).

Want handouts on aspects of writing?

Handouts are available on a myriad of topics about writing from the UNC Writing Center. These include handouts on writing in disciplines such as history, communication studies, sociology, philosophy, literature and the sciences.

Empire State College has an online writing center with lots of help for writing papers. For example, there is a section on types of papers.

The Guide to Grammar and Writing is a useful resource from Capital Community Technical College, which includes 75 computer-graded quizzes, numerous handouts on writing and style (from basic to advanced), an "Ask Grammar" feature, and a section called Principles of Composition, containing sample essays for the various traditional modes of composition.

Want some exercises to work on your writing? St. Martinís Handbook has exercises to assist you.

There are whole courses in writing available free on the internet. Check out Open Courseware. Hereís a part of one of those courses, called Writing for the Reader.

Canít think of the right word?  Try Rogetís Thesaurus Online.

Use OneLook Dictionary Search to search 55 scientific, technical, or medical indexed dictionaries.

For help in reading and writing in different disciplines, Diane Hackerís site contains suggested resources, documentation and sample papers in the humanities, social sciences, history and the sciences.

GMU has document and links for Writing in Your Major. Majors include business and history.

The Owl at Purdue University is a comprehensive online writing center. Included are several sections on writing in the disciplines. Check the navigation bar on the right to find help in writing in the social sciences (includes psychology and sociology as well as writing with statistics,) engineering and different forms of literary papers.

YouTube is an excellent resource for videos about many topics, including Writing in the Disciplines. Here are just a few:

Asserting that one must first know the rules to break them, the classic reference book, Elements of Style, is a must-have for any student and conscientious writer. Intended for use in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature, it gives in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.

Assessment Form
Activity 11.1   Applying the Writing Methodology
Activity 11.2   Assessment and Revision
Activity 11.3   Interviewing about Reading & Writing
Bonus Activity   Four Writers, Four Characters, One Story