Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Here you’ll find a detailed table of contents for everything you’ll find in our teaching guide. Simply click on the link you want to get started. (more…)

Introductory Material

Overview of Willamette Promise

If you’re new to Willamette Promise, then this is the place to start. We’ll cover everything you need to know, like writing proficiency, the difference between high school and college-level writing, and your responsibilities as a WP teacher. (more…)

Proficiency Statement

Willamette Promise courses award credit by proficiency. This statement outlines the proficiencies we expect to see demonstrated in a student’s portfolio upon completion of WR 121 or WR 122. For each proficiency outcome, we include the assessment that will be used to measure whether or not students have demonstrated that ability. (more…)

Process/ “Sequence” Overview

To help our teachers plan, this document matches each part of the portfolio process with mentor resources and pedagogical support. We have also included prompts for reflection that match each of the key tasks, so that you can help students develop habits of reflection throughout the term. These habits will pay off at the end when they have to write a reflection for their portfolio. (more…)

Proficiencies: Writing 121 vs. Writing 122

Even though the portfolio process is similar for WR 121 and WR 122, there are key differences in the sophistication we expect to see in the students’ papers. We hope you’ll use this document as a guide both for planning your course but also for giving constructive feedback to students as they develop as college-level writers. (more…)

FAQ for On-Demand Task

Just like students, our teachers have questions too, especially about the on-demand essays. Here are some of the common questions we get asked with answers from WOU faculty. (more…)

Critical Reading

Accessing OSLIS, GALE Databases, and LearningExpress

Although we provide most readings for students, we want them to develop the important college-level skill of finding and reading academic articles and evaluating them for usefulness and credibility. Towards that end, this document contains directions and log-in information for OSLIS, GALE, and Learning Express, which will be important resources for you and your students. (more…)

Writing Topics

WOU faculty have curated ten possible topics your WP courses. They cover a range of current issues that offer students an opportunity to engage with a real and meaningful exigence and enter into an ongoing conversation. Every few years, we strive to update the readings and topics based on teacher and student interests. Please note, the suggested topics are just that, suggestions. Students are welcome to pursue any topic that fits within the chosen theme. They are also very broad, so if students chose one they will need to work with their teacher to narrow them to something appropriate for their research project. (more…)

Annotated Reading and Student Resources

As mentioned elsewhere in this teaching guide, we want students to develop the important skills of reading critically and annotating texts. Here, we include an annotated reading for you to use with students as a mentor text. Simply hover your mouse over the highlighted texts to see the annotations. In addition, we have included a few downloadable resources for you distribute to students for their use in class as you practice reading rhetorically together. (more…)

WR121

Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a list of sources (books, articles, websites, etc.) that you have consulted and/or used to complete a research project. It provides evidence (through the summary part) that you have read and understood your source; that you have carefully considered its potential relevance and  usefulness for developing your main point; and that you can evaluate/assess the credibility of the source.  In other words, the annotated bibliography will help you develop your research skills because you will show evidence that you can locate sources, you can summarize them succinctly, and you can evaluate them for relevance, accuracy, and quality. (more…)

Citation Style

As mentioned elsewhere, all citations in the portfolio should use MLA format. For more information on using MLA-style citations, we recommend the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). The style may be dated, but the information there is great.

Reflection Overview

The reflective letter is one of the most important documents in the portfolio. It is the clearest indication of what students learned, how they developed, and what their knowledge of writing truly is. It’s for that reason that we strongly encourage you to incorporate reflection throughout the course and have conversations with students about their thinking. There are a number of resources below including an overview of reflection and a checklist you can use to give feedback to students on their reflective letters. (more…)

Outstanding Example Essay

This sample essay provides an example of excellent work, with rubric-based comments highlighted in green and general comments highlighted in pink. (more…)

Low Pass “C” Example Essay

This sample essay provides an example of low pass work, with rubric-based comments highlighted in green and general comments highlighted in pink. (more…)

WR122

Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a list of sources (books, articles, websites, etc.) that you have consulted and/or used to complete a research project. It provides evidence (through the summary part) that you have read and understood your source; that you have carefully considered its potential relevance and  usefulness for developing your main point; and that you can evaluate/assess the credibility of the source.  In other words, the annotated bibliography will help you develop your research skills because you will show evidence that you can locate sources, you can summarize them succinctly, and you can evaluate them for relevance, accuracy, and quality. (more…)

Citation Style

As mentioned elsewhere, all citations in the portfolio should use MLA format. For more information on using MLA-style citations, we recommend the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). The style may be dated, but the information there is great.

Reflection Overview

The reflective letter is one of the most important documents in the portfolio. It is the clearest indication of what students learned, how they developed, and what their knowledge of writing truly is. It’s for that reason that we strongly encourage you to incorporate reflection throughout the course and have conversations with students about their thinking. There are a number of resources below including an overview of reflection and a checklist you can use to give feedback to students on their reflective letters. (more…)

Outstanding Example Essay

This sample essay provides an example of excellent work, with rubric-based comments highlighted in green and general comments highlighted in pink. Resources WR122 Outstanding Example Essay Download Example Essay Discounting the Humanities, Preserving Profits, and the Downfall of Education Currently, our consumer-driven culture believes success in America stems from an Read more…

Low Pass “C” Example

This sample essay provides an example of low pass work. Resources WR122 Low Pass Example Essay Download Example Essay How Slacktivism Will Affect World Crises As the 21st century develops, social media is extremely prevalent. Social media has raised a wall against the legitimate action citizens take in response to Read more…

Resources

Guest Presentations

Once per year, we are fortunate to have scholars from the field of writing studies come and visit our professional development sessions. Here you’ll find the materials associated with those presentations.

Documents

We know you need materials you can use in your classrooms. We’ve created a set of  resources that include required forms, assignment prompts, recommended readings, and even classroom activities. We hope this will be one area of our teachers’ guide that will continue to grow. (more…)

Student Writing

Having samples of work produced by actual students can be invaluable. We’ve selected examples of student writing across a range of topics, and we’ve also included a few with annotations indicating assessment comments.