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Designing a Sequence of Writing Assignments

Resource Overview

Professor Miller discusses in this Commentary the sequence of writing assignments she has developed in her writing-intensive Developmental Biology course. Students begin the course by writing a series of 2-3 page essays and build up to a 10-12 page article reviewing recent laboratory research in the field.

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  • Sequence assignments to help students develop skills gradually
  • Develop assignments that prompt students to write “reader-centered” prose
  • Give students frequent feedback on their writing

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