Detail and Development
Sample Lesson Plans
GROUP SYNTHESIS (2-page DOC)
Designed by: Micah Dean Hicks
To help students more fully understand the synthesis assignment by immersing them in the work of planning and writing the essay as a group. Also, to help the instructor understand better how students are interpreting the synthesis assignment.
Designed by: Dr. Jameela Lares
Arguments on hot-button issues like abortion tend to settle into repetitions of stock positions. Arguments over new topics tend to be more nuanced.
EXPLODE-A-MOMENT, 102-STYLE (2-page DOC)
Designed by: Kelly Smith
The purpose of this activity is to get the students to actually explain what they mean more fully without simply throwing a bunch of ideas into their papers. It will give students a technique to really slow down, dig into their writing, and fully flesh out their ideas.
GENERATING REVIEW CRITERIA THROUGH SIMON’S CAT (2-page DOC)
Designed by: Fred Clarke
This lesson seeks to build upon students’ understanding of how to write a review by scaffolding their ability to generate and discuss criteria.
Designed by: Charles Bax
This activity is intended to start moving the students from summary to analysis in preparation for the Rhetorical Analysis Paper.
Designed by: Laura Hakala
The goal for this lesson is to help students see their papers in a new perspective and visually understand how to revise papers for structure and organization.
SHOOTING A SCENE--BY PENCIL (2-page DOC)
Designed by: Paige Gray
Students are tasked to recreate through writing a brief television/film scene in which they convey the overall tone of the scene in addition to all sensory details. From this, the goal is to help students understand that their writing, through attentive detail and description, can potentially depict a moment, event, or memory as effectively as film does.
CREATING A CONVERSATION (2-page DOC)
Designed by: Scott Wood
The objective for this lesson is to help students see how seemingly unrelated or unconnected articles “speak” to each other.