Write-to-Learn

Write-to-Learn assignments are short, informal, in-class writings meant to foster content learning while giving students frequent opportunities to practice thinking through writing. Such activities can provide instructors with immediate feedback on what students are understanding about the material as well as bringing up specific questions or ideas that students find meaningful for class discussion. Write-to-learn exercises can give students the time and space to experiment with new ideas before performing on tests or essays; can help students process and retain material better; and can strengthen students’ critical thinking. Because of their short, impromptu nature, these pieces of writing can easily blend into the work of the classroom without taking up too much time or dramatically increasing the grading load.

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Sample Write-to-Learn Activities (from the WAC Clearinghouse)

More Write-to-Learn Activities (from University of Richmond Writing Center)

Suggestions for Evaulating Write-to-Learn Activities (from the WAC Clearinghouse)

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