UWS Student Takeaways

Close Reading
  • Activity: Careful, methodical analysis of a text
  • Transferable Skills: Observe details objectively, find meaningful patterns, draw logical inferences.
  • "I know how to ..." Analyze texts for meaning and significance; generate original ideas based on my own observations.
Comparative Genre Analysis
  • Activity: Compare rhetorical strategies in different disciplines; identify similarities and differences in different disciplines.
  • Transferable Skills: Identify elements of an argument (thesis, evidence, analysis, motive, structure) in many forms of writing.
  • "I know how to ..."  Recognize the commonalities (and differences) in writing across the disciplines and can apply my knowledge to unfamiliar disciplines. I know what questions to ask about writing elements (i.e., thesis, evidence use, citation style, organization/arrangement etc.). Recognize and adapt my writing skills to familiar and unfamiliar disciplines.
(Hypo)thesis development
  • Activity: Craft a contestable thesis or hypothesis Create, evaluate, and evolve an original idea.
  • Transferable Skills: Be able to enter into critical conversations and make a contribution to existing knowledge. 
  • "I know how to ..." Articulate a clear, original argument that challenges conventional wisdom or answers a question. Adapt this skill to generate theses and hypotheses in appropriate disciplines.
Evidence selection
  • Activity: Use close reading skills to select evidence that will support your argument
  • Transferable Skills: Identify best possible evidence to support claims
  • "I know how to ..."  Choose the best possible evidence for my argument.
 Peer edit and proofread
  • Activity: Read their peer’s writing and provide feedback through written comments and peer workshop
  • Transferable Skills:  Be able to speak about and assess their own and other’s writing
  • "I know how to ..."  Evaluate, edit and proofread the writing of myself and others
  • Activity: Implement feedback, reconsider structure, and evaluate argument
  • Transferable Skills: Understand writing as a process of thinking and communication 
  • "I know how to ..."  Revise my own writing to improve elements of writing including style, evidence use, organization, etc. 
Locating and evaluating sources
  • Activity: Use academic databases to locate sources, evaluate sources appropriate for academic writing, create annotated bibliography.
  • Transferable Skills: Identify and find reputable sources, learn the skills of library and archival research (identifying key terms etc.), synthesize multiple sources.
  • "I know how to ..." Find sources using academic search engines.
  • Activity: Meet with instructors in one-on-one conferences.
  • Transferable Skills: Help to refine work through oral feedback and dialogue Model one-to-one conversations with authority figures. 
  • "I know how to ..." Exchange ideas and information with instructors and other professionals.
  • Activity: Write cover letters that explore the writing process, including challenges and successes. 
  • Transferable Skills: Help them understand their own process in writing and thinking, enable them to engage in self assessment.
  • "I know how to ..." Identify problems and concerns I didn’t know existed and clarify additional work that the writing needs.