ERIC Number: ED241073
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
The Shortest Distance to Learning: A Guidebook to Writing across the Curriculum.
Simmons, JoAn McGuire, Ed.
Developed by instructors from the Los Angeles Community College District, this guidebook provides materials to aid community college instructors teaching in a variety of subject areas to integrate writing and student learning in their classrooms. Chapter 1 addresses a number of common concerns that instructors have about using writing in their courses and underscores the importance of teaching writing skills in non-English classes. Chapter 2 discusses the applicability of learning logs (i.e., journals in which students take notes on films, lectures, or discussions on one side of the page, and write their thoughts on the other) and emphasizes their value as a learning tool in promoting student fluency. This chapter includes sample student learning logs from a variety of classes. Chapter 3 presents guidelines on the design of effective writing assignments and assignment sequences, including design criteria, model assignments, and methods of designing sequences. Chapter 4 suggests ways to design effective essay questions and stresses the use of specific, substantive questions and the provision of evaluation criteria. Definitions, sample student answers, and a checklist of considerations for designing an essay question are provided. (HB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Office of Academic Interinstitutional Programs.; Los Angeles Community Coll. District, CA.