ERIC Number: ED234396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Writing Center as a Consulting Service for Content Area Faculty.
Grattan, Mary C.
Four successful content area writing aids have been developed in the writing center at a southeastern community college. The first is a content area writing lab, tailored to a sociology course, in which students receive concentrated instruction on notetaking, studying for and taking essay exams, and writing a questionnaire and an analysis paper. The second is an assignment guide for research papers, including guidelines for the format of a research paper and a list of suggested topics. Writing center personnel also work in the classrooms on research paper assignments during various stages of students' drafts. The third content area writing aid is a worksheet designed for students in a mental health course to use when preparing a review of an article. For each of the review parts--summary, personal response, and relation to theoretical concepts learned in class--the worksheet lists several questions to consider before writing the actual paper. A similar procedure is used for an extended book review. The fourth content area writing aid is a booklet on the topic of writing letters to the editor and to public officials. Students read the booklet in the center, then compose letters that are subsequently mailed. Such letters have been published in newspapers and have received responses from public officials. These four tools were developed at the request of content area teachers, who now know that the writing center can be of help to them as well as to the students. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Research Papers (Students); Writing Laboratories
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Southeastern Writing Center Conference (Columbia, SC, February 4-5, 1983).