Middlebury

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.

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How do I structure a college essay?

Most college papers need a thesis that argues a point that can be proven or demonstrated with evidence in the paper. Use this worksheet to help see if  the paper has the points, evidence, and analysis to prove the thesis: Structure of an Essay.

Making appointments with Writing Faculty

<p>To Meet with Writing Program Faculty</p>To Meet With Writing Program Faculty and staff, you'll want to plan ahead when possible and schedule appointments with us via our computer based scheduling system,

Writing Center

Situated in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research, the Writing Center provides students the opportunity to meet with writing program faculty and staff and peer writing tutors at every stage of the writing process.

Middlebury College Writing Rubric

<p>Middlebury College Writing Rubric</p>Middlebury College Writing Rubric

Sample Grading Criteria

DISCUSSION/PARTICIPATION: 10% - Discussion is essential to air ideas. We all can and will learn from each other, but first we must think, listen and be heard.

Participation Grades: The following descriptions provide some thoughts on the grades which might be assigned to your participation.  Please recognize that the grades you receive reflect my evaluation of your involvement in class.

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Midterm Evaluation

1) What is your overall impression of this class so far?
2) What aspects of this class work (especially) well for you?
3) What does not work so well?
4) On a scale from 1-5 (with 5 being the highest), how
would you rank:

a) the amount of what you have learned so far
b) how you feel integrated into the class/ opportunities 
to contribute
c) clearness of instructor's explanations
d) effectiveness of teaching/ learning

Midterm Portfolio Checklist

Contents

Grading Criteria for Midterm Portfolio

Adapted from Donald M. Murray, Learning by Teaching

MATERIAL

Is there an abundance of information?
Is it specific? Is it accurate? Is it honest?  
Is it used effectively to develop and document what the writer has to say?

Assessing Student Writing

Evaluation of Term Papers

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Writing and Teaching Retreat

Faculty Retreat

 

Peer Writing Tutors

Peer Writing Tutors can work with Middlebury students at every phase of the writing process.

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The Paul W. Ward '25 Memorial Prize

 

Ward Prize Certificate

 

 

Teaching Resources

The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research hosts discussions, round tables, and talks about teaching at Middlebury and beyond. 

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The Program for Writing and Rhetoric in the Disciplines promotes the use of writing both in students' learning and in their ability to communicate what they have learned.