Writing@CSU: Composition Teaching Resources

Week 2: Tuesday, September 3rd - Friday, September 6th

Goals for this Week

  • Revisit the concept of summarizing. Review the notion of objectivity versus fairness and discuss the three types of summaries: main point, key point, and outline summaries.
  • Strengthen students’ understanding of the writing situation model by applying it to an example of public discourse, Peter Singer's essay, “The Singer Solution to World Hunger” (http://www.petersingerlinks.com/solution.htm)
  • Discuss the importance of purpose, audience and context for writing summaries.
  • Assign Peter Schrag's essay, "High Stakes are for Tomatoes" (http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/2000/08/schrag.htm).
  • Discuss effective use of paraphrasing and quoting. (See page 194 in PHG.)
  • Introduce the concept of responding. Describe the three types of response used in this course: agree/disagree, interpretive/reflective, analytic/evaluative. You’ll find a discussion of these types of response in the teaching guide on summarizing and responding at https://writing.colostate.edu/guides/teaching/summaryresponse/.

Activities for this Week

Detailed lesson plans are available for the first four weeks of the course. Beginning in the fifth week, you will be expected to choose activities from a set of suggested activities and/or develop your own activities that will help you and your students achieve the course goals for a specific week.