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TAs and faculty in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric with at
least one semester of teaching experience are invited to contribute
their favorite teaching assignments to the department's new online
sourcebook, which will appear on a web site some time later this
year. It will be a convenient way to share materials, especially
helpful for new teachers and TAs in the practicum. This sourcebook
will be easy to update. Instructors will be able to save individual
assignments, print them out, or link them to their own syllabi
or web pages.
What we'd like to see:
unusual or original assignments
assignments that have worked well
assignments for a variety of classroom situations, genres, and
What we need to avoid:
assignments from textbooks or journals such as College English
, or assignments that you found on the Internet
assignments that you've never tried out in a class
If you have "inherited" an assignment from another teacher,
learned about it at a seminar, etc., you need to give credit to
that person or group in the assignment summary or commentary.
Attached is a form for you to fill out. You may submit as many
assignments as you like. You may be asked to revise or edit your
submission. Not all submissions will necessarily be accepted.
Mail contributions to:
Program in Writing and Rhetoric
SUNY at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794
or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Submission form for online assignment sourcebook
Please keep answers for 1-8 brief.
2. Assignment title:
3. Class which assignment is intended for (use SUNYSB designations
for Fall, 1999):
4. Genre being taught (if applicable--identify informal essay,
argument with or without research, textual analysis)
5. Type of activity (small group discussion, peer editing, etc.)
6. Goals of assignment (approximately 4-5 sentence maximum)
7. Previous work assigned (readings, freewriting, previous draft
in hand, etc.)
8. Keywords that could be associated with the assignment for searching
For these last two, please be more detailed.
9. Summary of assignment: (describe the assignment in detail)
10. Instructor's comments (add your own observations, anecdotes
about how the assignment has worked in the past, anything that
would add to the presentation)