FOR STUDENTS IN SDCC 1/4
Basic Writing Workshop Series: (1) Summarizing a Reading Passage; (2) Presenting Your Position; (3) Using Examples for Support; (4) Preparing for the Basic Writing Exit Exam – We’ll discuss strategies for analyzing readings, forming strong thesis statements, developing clear organizational structures, incorporating effective evidence, and preparing for timed writing exercises. Students may choose to attend one, two, three, or all four of the workshops in this series.
FOR STUDENTS IN MUIR WRITING
The Toulmin Model of Argumentation (MCWP 40/50/125) – This workshop will reinforce your understanding of the argumentation vocabulary (claim, grounds, warrants) used in the Muir Writing Program.
Preparing an Annotated Bibliography (MCWP 50/125) – We’ll review what should and should not be included in an annotated bibliography, and we’ll provide suggestions for doing more than merely reporting on source content.
Writing a Synthesis Paper (MCWP 40) – We’ll focus on developing and supporting a thesis that synthesizes two sources, and we’ll discuss how to move beyond a standard comparison/contrast approach.
FOR STUDENTS IN MAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD
Formulating a Research Question (MMW 14/22) – We’ll explore different ways to approach the task of developing a productive research question, and we will discuss how to use your question to set a clear direction for the essay as a whole.
Reading and Summarizing an Academic Argument (MMW 12) – How can you distill the essence of an academic argument and convey your understanding clearly and concisely? We’ll offer reading and writing strategies that will help you with this fundamental process.
Writing a Prospectus (MMW 14/22) – We’ll review the expectations for a prospectus and present strategies for effective organization and development.
Question and Thesis (MMW 12) – In this workshop, we’ll focus on developing your own “Level 3” question and using it to generate an arguable thesis.
Incorporating Sources: Summary, Paraphrase, Quotations, and Attribution (MMW 12/14/22) – This workshop will address appropriate use of source materials and will provide strategies for effectively introducing, presenting, and attributing evidence.
FOR STUDENTS IN WARREN WRITING
Building an Argument (WCWP 10A) – This session will explore how you can use a well-crafted claim to develop a convincing and well-organized argument.
FOR STUDENTS IN HUMANITIES
Thesis and Argument (HUM 1) – In this workshop we’ll provide guidelines for formulating an effective thesis, and for using that thesis to construct a coherent and convincing argument.
FOR STUDENTS IN DIMENSIONS OF CULTURE
Selecting and Analyzing Evidence (DOC 2) – We’ll offer strategies for choosing and presenting supporting evidence, and we’ll discuss how to analyze rather than merely summarize the evidence you include.
FOR OTHER STUDENTS
Applying for an Undergraduate Research Scholarship – This workshop will focus on the three essay elements of the application: project description, abstract, and goals statement. We’ll offer guidelines and tips for constructing a clear, concise, and compelling proposal.
Preparing a Research Proposal for the Sciences/Humanities/Social Sciences (for students in the Faculty Mentor and McNair Programs) – We’ll discuss how to how to develop and structure a research proposal that is clear, coherent, and convincing.
Writing a Personal Statement for Medical School and the Health Professions – We’ll introduce general guidelines for effective application essays, explore the basic elements that should be included, and review successful and not-so-successful essay examples.