What's Going on in the Writing Lab?: A Day in the Life April 2008 - Interested in how to respond to student writing? This issue of the Writing Forum describes how Erik Simpson and Kent McClelland approach this task.
From Awk to Overkill: Responding to Student Writing February 2008 - This Writing Forum uses Victoria Brown's recent presentation "Give Them Something to Work With" as a springboard for a discussion on how to foster critical thinking through writing assignments.
Escaping the Doldrums December 2007 - This article gives an overview of the way students may use the lab as well as what happens on a typical day in the life of the lab instructors.
Writing Assessment by Claire Moisan and Helyn Wohlend In this issue, editors and Writing Lab instructors Claire Moisan and Helyn Wohlwend present Carol Trosset's findings regarding tutorial faculty's assessment of student writing skills.
Evolution of a Grinnell Writer by Janet Carl In this issue, editor Janet Carl explores the growth of one student writer, Katie Mears '03. She draws on contributions by Bob Grey, Judy Hunter, Vince Eckhart, Victoria Brown and Pablo Silva.
Revision as Means to Improve Student Writing by Janet Carl Revision as a strategy for helping students improve their writing is the subject of this issue. Contributors include Chris Hunter, Sarah Purcell, Matthew Pacholec, Victoria Brown, Kent McClelland, Ralph Savarese, Jean Ketter, Molly Blackes '02 and Laura Frantz '04.
Using a Learning Portfolio in an Upper Level Course by Judy Hunter This article describes the portfolio system used by Professor Sociology Kent McClelland in several upper level courses.
Teaching Writing Through Syntax by Elizabeth Dobbs In this article, Professor of English Elizabeth Dobbs describes how she teaches writing by emphasizing relationships between words, sentences, and ideas with Dr. Syntax.
Interview with Sylvia Thorson-Smith by Judy Hunter In this interview with Assistant in the Writing lab Judy Hunter, Sylvia Thorson-Smith, Lecturer in Religious Studies and Sociology, explains how her writing assignments are closely related to the goals of her feminist pedagogy.
Confessions of an Academic Honesty Lady by Judy Hunter This article by Judy Hunter, Assistant in the Writing Lab, examines the societal trends which make teaching about academic honesty so difficulty and so important.
A Writing Experiment with E-papers and E-mail by Chris Hunter In this article, Professor of Sociology Chris Hunter discusses an experiment he tried in a 200-level sociology course; students submitted papers by e-mail and class members offered feedback on their peers' papers, again through electronic means.
A Day in the Life of the Writing Lab by the Writing Lab Staff In this article, each of the instructors in the Grinnell College Writing Lab (Kevin Crim, Karin Connelly, Judy Hunter, Mathilda Liberman, and Betty Moffet) describes his or her work during one day in the lab. This article drew more comment from the college community than any other ever published in the Writing Forum.
The Writing Lab and the New Professor by Jared Gardner This article describes the interaction between Gardner, at that time a relatively new member of the English Department, and the staff of the Writing Lab.
Dear Faculty . . . or Writing Letters to Learn by Judy Hunter In this article, Judy Hunter, Assistant in the Writing Lab, uses a letter format to suggest how writing letters may help students learn. The article was inspired by a workshop presented by Toby Fulwiler at the Winter Workshop of the Conference on College Composition and Communication in January of 1995.
New Approach to Academic Honesty by Helen Scott This article by Helen Scott, Associate Dean of the Faculty at Grinnell College, explains the college's then newly-established approach to academic honesty, an approach which includes a mandatory lecture on the subject to all new students and a required individual exercise to demonstrate students' understanding of the issue.
Grading Criteria for Academic Papers by Kent McClelland In this article, Kent McClelland, Professor of Sociology, shares the rubric he and others in his department have used in grading papers.
Writings Are Made of Sentences by Peter Connelly In this article, Peter Connolly, Professor of English, describes his method of grading papers.
Karin Connelly on Who Uses What In October 1992, Karin Connelly, Assistant in the Writing lab, investigated what citation formats various departments at Grinnell required of students. She comments here on the results of her research.
Grading Papers at Grinnell by Judy Hunter This article explains the grading practices of four professors: Joe Cummins of Philosophy and Classics, Mary Lynn Broe of the English Department, Johanna Meehan of Philosophy, and Jim Dillon of American Studies.
Learning Disabilities: A Case Study of a Grinnell College Student by Judy Hunter In this article, Judy Hunter, Assistant in the Writing lab, summarizes the strategies used by one learning disabled student at Grinnell.
How the College Works with Learning Disabled Students by Judy Hunter In this follow-up article, Hunter surveys the procedures which Grinnell College has in place to help learning disabled students succeed.
Peter Connelly on Faculty Writing Seminars In this article, Professor of English Peter Connelly describes his view of the history of the writing program at Grinnell, particularly of the faculty writing seminars which have been in place since the early 1970's.
Opportunities for Student Writing in Statistics Courses by Tom Moore Tom Moore, Associate Professor of Mathematics, describes how students in statistics courses use writing as a tool for learning.
Question by Don Smith In this short piece, Professor of History Don Smith asks for a response to the notion that the college formally adopt Corbett's Little English Handbook as a standard text.
What to call this? Members of the Writing Lab Staff respond to a professor's question about what to call a particular error in student writing.
A Point of Grammar/A Point of Rhetoric by Don Smith Don Smith, Professor of History at Grinnell College, examines a common problem in student writing, an error that is part grammatical and part rhetorical.
Grinnell College Writing Lab Guide to the Use of Verb Tenses in Academic Writing by Kevin Crim Kevin Crim offers a handout that explains how to decide which verb tense to use in various kinds of academic discourse.
Dobbs Tries Innovative Approach by Judy Hunter This article describes how Elizabeth Dobbs, Professor of English, integrates the work of the Writing Lab with her classroom procedures for teaching students to write.