College Writing Assignment Essay

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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, …show more content…
At the beginning of the article, Sommers summarizes what she believes first-year college writing asks of students. “In college, students are asked to write more than a plot summary, more than a cut-and-paste presentation of secondary sources. Rather, they are instructed in the language of analysis, argument, and counter-argument and are urged, in our responses to their drafts, to ‘analyze more’ and to ‘go deeper into their sources’. As academic writers, they are asked to engage with the ideas of others, while most likely encountering and trying to comprehend these ideas, and their authors, for the first time” (Sommers 152). Sommers argues in this passage that college students are asked much more of in terms of level of thought required in their writing. That is why for this assignment I instruct the students to interact with the ideas stated in their sources in a way that is argumentative and …show more content…
I even make pre-writing necessary by assigning one pre-writing method to be turned in along with the final draft of the assignment. I did this because in my personal experience, I never did pre-writing for essays I did in high school. My English teachers would give us a writing prompt for an essay, and we were expected to start writing. Once I took college classes on writing, I found pre-writing methods useful and essential to my writing. I currently use at least one prewriting method, if not two, before writing papers for class. I believe this helps me to synthesize my ideas and arrange them into a form that would effectively communicate my ideas to my

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