Books That Move Us: They Say/I Say: Moves that Matter in Academic Writing by Cathy Birkenstein and Gerald Graff

How many essays have you written for academic purposes? It is likely that if you are reading this, you have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.  Let’s say that while earning said bachelor’s degree, you took an average of 5 classes in the fall semester and 5 classes in the spring semester for 4 years.  […]

A Slam Dunk: How a Basketball Metaphor Led My Writers to Better Revision

Image via pixabay.com. Scaffolding. This is exactly what I had on my mind on the eve of a busy day this semester.  I had spent the first quarter of the school year working intensely to give my senior honors students as much commentary on their writing as possible.  Along with conferring with them verbally during […]

Getting Real with Rubrics: Providing More Authentic Opportunities with the College Essay

Think about how much thought goes into the creation of a rubric.  There is so much to consider: How many criteria should it have?  What are the appropriate criteria?  How should each criteria be weighted?  How should this rubric be set up? Should it have boxes, a checklist, or something else?  These are big decisions […]