Resources for Teaching Writing
The Writing Program supports the teaching of writing by organizing and encouraging College-wide involvement in writing across the curriculum. All academic departments participate in the College Writing Program, offering "writing intensive" courses within the major and in the First-Year Seminar Program. And members of our staff participate in lunch meetings, open to all faculty and instructors, on the teaching of writing.
Middlebury College Writing Rubric
Teaching College Writing Courses
Instructors of writing intensive courses are generally concerned with developing students' ability to examine and present ideas critically and to construct and present coherent arguments. To this end, an instructor might comment extensively on written work submitted for a grade and provide frequent opportunities for students to discuss their writing, both with him/her and with other class members, thereby encouraging students to rethink and revise their work. Discussions of writing may occur during class time or outside of class.
Instructors of writing intensive courses may use class time to teach features of style or the conventions of Standard Written English. Some instructors prefer to identify stylistic features and grammatical conventions when they occur in individual students' work. Some instructors order and require copies of a handbook (samples are available from the Director of Writing); others refer students to the Simon and Schuster Handbook for Writers available at the Reserve desks in the Main Library and the Armstrong Library.
All faculty are invited to the Annual Writing Retreat where they have a chance to plan assignments, fine-tune syllabi, meet colleagues from other divisions and benefit from their teaching experiences. Presentations and panels introduce approaches to teaching that have proven successful in different disciplines, while small-group discussions give each faculty member a chance to work on particular assignments and syllabi.
Using Peer Writing Tutors and FYS Mentors in Your Classes
Just as faculty benefit from having peers read their work prior to publication, students benefit from having their work read by peers before it is graded. In both cases, peer readers bring their experience - as writers of the same sort of works – to their experience as critical readers.
Peer Writing Tutors
Peer Writing Tutors are trained to be the authorized help for students, to ask probing questions about the papers they read, and to make positive suggestions for improvement of those papers. Peer Writing Tutors work in college writing classes and hold evening drop-in hours at the Writing Center in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research, Davis Family Library 225.
FYS Mentors for Academics and Writing
The First-Year Seminar Mentor for Academics and Writing serves as a mentor and writing tutor for first-year students, assisting them with writing and oral presentation skills, time and project management, and pre-advising during Banner registration. The Mentor can work with students in your first-year seminar individually or in groups, either during class time or outside of class, for up to 60 hours over the course of the semester. The Mentors will be trained, supervised, and paid by CTLR.