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.
Links to Helpful Information about Writing
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
Middlebury College Writing Rubric
Sample Grading Criteria
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.
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
c) clearness of instructor's explanations
d) effectiveness of teaching/ learning
Midterm Portfolio Checklist
Grading Criteria for Midterm Portfolio
Adapted from Donald M. Murray, Learning by Teaching
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
Writing and Teaching Retreat
Peer Writing Tutors can work with Middlebury students at every phase of the writing process.
The Paul W. Ward '25 Memorial Prize
The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research hosts discussions, round tables, and talks about teaching at Middlebury and beyond.
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.