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With classroom examples, A Think-Aloud Approach to Writing Assessment describes how to implement the method and adapt it as needed to any writing assignment. The more individualized think-aloud approach can also be incorporated into educational practice without abandoning the rigor of more structurally regulated approaches.
Students generally understood the creative writing assignment. Rather than start the assignment with a handout or short explanation of what to write, the ownership process began before they even saw the writing assignment.
These may include: postsecondary students are not good writers; writing is not among the outcomes of two year education, so don't focus on it; all writing assignments have to be graded; students will feel overwhelmed if you ask them to write frequently; if the instructor does not grade the writing assignment, students will not do it anymore; and more writing tasks will overload the instructors work schedule with no use.
This approach allows the reader to read in thoughtful and deliberate ways to positively impact the related writing assignment. For example, some students who come to the writing center will need to read to write a summary of a reading; others will need to read to imitate an author's style; others still will need to read to synthesize several texts.
It is a useful tool to assist students in generating ideas to use with a subsequent and more complex writing assignment. This strategy allows students to offer ideas and react to the ideas of peers in a non-critical, safe environment, giving students an opportunity to discuss ideas and determine the focus of their assignment.
This formal writing assignment is aimed at furthering a student's writing and critical thinking skills, as well as allowing the student to learn about a major psychological theory, Erik Erikson's Theory of Psychosocial Development, in a deeper way and apply it to real people.
What begins as a routine writing assignment turns into an exploration of personal integrity when a family's criminal background is exposed.
Pupils at a US high school were asked by their English teacher to argue that Jews were the source of Nazi Germany's problems in a writing assignment that has sparked a furore.
DREAMING IN HINDI: COMING AWAKE IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE tells how Rich took on a writing assignment in India, where she became involved in trying to speak Hindi.
Beranbaum's latest writing assignment was to inspire a love of cake baking in a new generation of young cooks.
Betty (above) is disappointed when her writing assignment doesn't go as well as she'd hoped, but she shouldn't count on getting much sympathy from Daniel.
The writing assignment, which is part of the program, Sharing Our Story with the Nation, stems from a goal set by the commander of the Combined Arms Center, Lieutenant General William Caldwell, to "initiate opportunities for officers to engage the Nation and share their stories through media engagements and community outreach activities." The program includes community outreach activities, media interviews, and web-based events comprised of recognized blog sites.