Welcome To Our New and Improved Workshop Inventory!
Over the past year we have been working hard to revamp our workshop selection in order to make them more interactive and informative. These new workshops have been mostly or totally redone, complete with new handouts, worksheets, and activities. Please note that some workshops require students to have materials to work with (prerequisites) or have the option to be customized for your preferences.
More workshops coming soon.
Academic Integrity (45 Minutes)
Students explore issues of academic integrity through scenario-based discussions not confined to issues of plagiarism in writing. We can customize the workshop for your preferences, just choose seven to ten of these Scenarios or let us know if we should make a selection for you.
Materials: Academic Integrity Workshop Script
Thesis Development (45 Minutes)
The Thesis Workshop focuses on defining and explaining what a thesis is as well as its importance to the rest of a well-developed paper. Students will participate in activities that will teach them what a thesis is, how to evaluate a thesis, and finally, how to write a thesis based on a hypothetical topic. The Thesis Workshop also provides students with examples and handouts which may be helpful to them as they begin their writing process.
The main activity of the workshop is currently tailored toward a general audience; students will be asked to build theses based on any of a number of words, for example: poverty, education, sports, pets, etc. However, if you would prefer a specific subject, let us know ahead of time/when you schedule the workshop.
Close Reading (45 Minutes)
The Close Reading Workshop intends to equip students with a set of strategies they can use to aid them in their analysis of difficult readings. The importance of close reading is discussed along with a number of potential strategies. Students will read a short section from a novel to establish the strategies they are using or could be using, and then use those strategies in an organized way after reading excerpts from a more difficult text. The workshop also provides students with examples and handouts which may be helpful to them as they begin their writing process.
The main activity of the workshop is currently tailored toward a general audience; students will be asked to read a short section from a novel as well as passages from Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish. However, if you would prefer a specific reading, let us know ahead of time/when you schedule the Workshop.
Organization: Outlining/Reverse Outlining (45 Minutes)
Prerequisites for outline: Students must have a paper/assignment they are ready to begin
Prerequisites for reverse outline: Students must have a paper they are ready to revise
The Organization Workshop focuses on teaching students the importance of a well-organized paper. Topics discussed include structural elements (topic sentences, transitions), logical and clear flow of ideas, and effective introductions and conclusions. The Organization Workshop also provides students with examples and handouts which may be helpful to them as they begin their writing process.
The main activity of the workshop involves creating an outline based on a topic or evaluating an already completed assignment with a reverse outline. Please note that in order for this workshop to run, there must be some assignment for students to work on.
Materials for Outline:
Pre-Writing (45 Minutes)
Prerequisites: None, but it helps if students have a topic to write about. If necessary we can provide them with simple ideas as examples.
The Pre-writing activity engages students in a conversation about various things to keep in mind while preparing to write. The workshop opens with a discussion about time management and then progresses into demonstrations of various techniques of drafting a paper or writing assignment including freewriting, bubbling/diagramming/mapping, and brainstorming with others. If there is a different, specific method that you would like us to use, let us know when you schedule the workshop and we will add it to the presentation (please note that outlining is part of our organization workshop).
Materials: Pre-Writing Workshop Script
Concise Writing (45 Minutes)
Pre-requesites: Students should have a completed draft of a writing assignment however, there is an option for students to edit a provided piece of writing. Note: This workshop is great for helping students through the editing process thus it is ideally given between a rough draft and a final draft.
The Concise Writing Workshop engages students in a discussion about some problem areas that are common in writing such as wordiness, repetitiveness, and passive voice. Along with the discussion there is a worksheet that students will complete in groups and go over as a class, helping them gain the skills necessary to identify and correct specific problems in sentences. Students will then break into pairs and review a draft of an assignment, identifying and discussing their problem areas that they learned about throughout the workshop. Note: we can provide a short section of writing that can be used instead of students working on their own assignments. This provides students with an opportunity to go over the edits that they have attempted in a way that is better for the setting than if they were to use their own writing.
Citation and Using Sources (45 Minutes)
The Citation and Using Sources workshop is offered for both MLA and APA styles. Students will receive quick reference guides for using quotes as well as formatting citations. the first activity is attempting correct citation formatting on the most common types of sources used by students including journal articles, books, sections from anthologies, and website articles. This workshop also includes a discussion of using quotes properly as well as the difference between direct quotes, paraphrasing, and summary.
While we are undergoing the transition to our new workshops, we are still offering some of our older workshops that we have yet to revamp. The following are unchanged from previous iterations and still available for scheduling:
- Peer Review, standard (30-45 min.): Students learn to critically read each other’s papers and provide constructive feedback to peers. This workshop is typically given on the day a draft is due. Choose one of 4 handouts.
- Peer review, customized (30-45 min.): This workshop was developed by Academic Center tutors to be given in an Anthropology 1000 class (Other people’s worlds). The session preceded the due date for paper drafts, so tutors wrote a sample “bad” paper to distribute to the class for their review. After students took some time to critique the piece on their own, the presenter went over issues with the piece to model a peer review session. Students learned what to do, and what not to do, in a good peer review session. In the following class, they would be peer reviewing one another’s draft papers.
- Anth 1000 peer review sample paper
- Anth 1000 peer review sample letter – after working on their own, distribute this letter giving a model of what a good peer reviewer would say
- Anth-1000-Peer-Review-worksheet– as an alternative to having students work on their own followed by going over the letter above, faculty might choose to use this worksheet to move students through the peer review process in a more structured
- Science writing (45 min.): Students learn skills to help them write lab reports and other science course assignments. Choose from the resources below (which we can adjust to fit your needs) or contact us for customized materials.
- Science writing – writing a lab report – Script/handout
- Science writing workshop activities – Script
- Science writing – sample lab report – Handout
- Science writing workshop activities – Results and discussion – Script/handout
- Additional/alternate script/handout for how NOT to write a lab report – Script/handout
- Biology 1102 science writing assignment workshop (Professor Green) – Workshop script and Handout
Thesis for Literature (2 x 30 minutes)
We have designed this workshop with literature classes in mind. This is a special, two part combined thesis statement and close reading workshop designed to encourage and equip students with the skills to write a thesis specifically concerning literature. On the first class, our staff will present an abbreviated version of our close reading workshop, specifically concerning a short story. The short story in question can be chosen from a number or sources (we are working on preparing them). This first half is designed to help students look deeply at their texts and prepare to organize their thoughts for a thesis. The second half of this workshop, taking place on a separate day, is an abbreviated thesis workshop focusing on building a thesis specifically for the short story they read closely during the session before. The intention of this workshop is to equip students with the skills necessary for writing a thesis based on literature.
Peer Review, Grammar, Science Writing