Although it might seem awkward at first, working backwards from what you hope the final papers will look like often produces the best assignment sheets. We recommend jotting down several points that will help you with this step in writing your assignments:
Why should students write in your class? State your goals for the final product as clearly and concretely as possible.
Determine what writing products will meet these goals and fit your teaching style/preferences.
Note specific skills that will contribute to the final product.
Sequence activities (reading, researching, writing) to build toward the final product.