A key challenge for students, especially for students taking your courses for the first time, is figuring out what exactly you expect from your writing assignments. What seems obvious or intuitive to us is often not to new students. What we think “every sophomore at North Park should already know about writing” may not be what they actually know.
The question of the day is: “How do you communicate to students what your expectations are in your writing assignments?” Do you use published guides to the discipline, sample “A” papers from former students, detailed writing prompts for each assignment, or just hope that they pick it up from the readings and lectures? Please share in the comments below any methods you have tried — successful or otherwise – to let them in on what we want.