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Assignment Design for Research and Writing

Resources to reference when creating research and writing assignments to maximize clarity and accessibility.


♦     General Summary of Reading     

♦     Evaluating Sources for Relevance 

♦     Synthesizing Sources to Support Arguments


  • How much do you want students to engage with the reading/sources?
    • Discover and evaluate sources, especially in the Annotated Bibliography?
    • Read source content with an open mind, not preconceived ideas?
    • Determine facts from interpretation?
    • Go beyond summary when writing about sources?
      • Sometimes starting with their personal connection/reaction to the reading helps students connect with the material.
    • See how sources interact with each other to support or contrast the thesis.

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