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Interactive Teaching Strategies

for Engaging Students in


Foundational Writing Skills
By Keli Tucker, Molly Rentscher &
Kate Flom, UCWbL Workshops
Foundational
Writing Skills

Critical/Active Reading

Thesis Statements

Citations

Others?
Problem

Boring

Out of context

Misunderstood Rules


Theory

Cope & Kalantzis
How a Genre Approach to Literacy Can
Transform the Way Writing Is Taught

Tutoring Experience

Workshop Experience
From a
Students Perspective
Find a partner

Switch notecards

Respond as a student to
Why the problems are occurring
How would you like to be taught the skill?
Suggested Solutions

Interactive

Memorable

Tied to the assignment

Lets Try It Out!
Its the night of the Cite-ies(the Annual
Awards Show for Citation Styles)!

Theyre about to announce the award for
Best MLA Citation in a Research Paper

Help sway the votes by clapping louder for
the best (most accurate) citation
Nominee #1
Andrea Lunsfords Collaboration control and
the idea of a writing center from The Allyn
and Bacon Guide to Writing Center Theory
and Practice. pages 2 to 99. Boston
Massachusetts (Allyn and Bacon)
2001, MLA International
Bibliography, Retreived on 1 Oct. 2013 from
the web
Nominee #2
Cope, Bill, and Mary Kalantzis. The Powers
of Literacy: A Genre Approach to
Teaching Writing. Pittsburg, PA:
University of Pittsburg Press: 1993.
Print.
Nominee #3
A Critique of Pure Tutoring The Allyn and
Bacon Guide to Writing Center Theory
and Practice by Shamoon, Linda K., and
Deborah Burns. pp 225-241. Boston,
MA: Allyn and Bacon, 2001. MLA
International Bibliography. Web. 1 Oct.
2013
Nominee #4
Hughes, Bradley, Paula Gillespie, and
Harvey Kail. What They Take With
Them: Findings From The Peer
Writing Tutor Alumni Research
Project. Writing Center Journal 30.2
(2010): 12-46. ERIC. Web. 1 Oct. 2013.
And the Award
Goes to
Andrea Lunsford for
Collaboration, Control and
the Idea of a Writing Center
Cope & Kalantzis for
The Powers of Literacy:
A Genre Approach to
Teaching Writing
Shamoon & Burns for
A Critique of Pure Tutoring.
Hughes, Gillespie & Kail
for
What They Take With
Them: Findings From The
Peer Writing Tutor Alumni
Research Project.
Other Possibilities
1. In pairs, students generate
a citation from a source
found in the databases

2. The proper citation is
revealed

2. Pair with the most
accurate citation wins!

2. Move on to the next round

Other Possibilities
1. Students watch a
clip from a popular
TV show

1. Students fill out the
MadLibs to practice
integrating sources
and citations into a
sample paragraph
Feedback
Interactive: The packet was helpful because we
were actually doing examples ourselves.

Memorable: I really liked the Parks and Rec
examples and activities we did! It made me want
to participate.

Tied to the assignment: The Parks & Rec clips
and exercises [were particularly effective] because
they helped to demonstrate what we were
learning.

Try it out!
Find a partner
Brainstorm ideas for

Interactive
Memorable
and Assignment Specific

activities to teach foundational writing
skills
Thank You
Contact the Workshops Team to schedule
an interactive, memorable, and assignment-
based workshop to help your students learn
foundational writing skills!

ucwblworkshops@depaul.edu
www.depaul.edu/writing