Assignment On The Gap Between High School And College Writing

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For this assignment, I chose to construct a writing assignment for high school juniors and seniors. The assignment’s structure is meant to help bridge the gap between high school and college writing by introducing high school students to college writing by having them work on and develop skills mentioned in the “WPA Outcomes Statement for First-Year Composition” which students should be expected to have by the end of their first year of college. The reason I wanted to construct an assignment that helped prepare high school students for college writing is because of the discussion in class in which we agreed that there was a wide gap between high school and college writing and how to close the space between the two. According to James D. Williams, “A common complaint among college and university faculty is that entering freshmen generally are poorly prepared for the standards and expectations of undergraduate writing, and with good reason. After years of instruction, most students entering college seem unable to write a successful academic paper…” (Williams 97). How to prepare high school students for college writing is a difficult problem to solve, so I thought it would be good to focus my assignment on tackling that problem. One of the issues with high school writing, as Williams mentions, is that high school students don’t know how to write an academic paper. That is why I focused the assignment towards an academic audience, to give the students experience with academic…

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