All Activities

a pair of binoculars on a carpet
Library, PWR 1, PWR 2, RBA, Research, Activities
Overview: Designed for PWR 2 students returning to research for the first time since PWR 1, this activity asks students to hunt for a diversity of sources and align them with the source types defined...
red wheelbarrow
PWR 1, PWR 2, Storytelling, Style, Activities
Overview: This playful activity invites students to experiment with style by creatively editing an existing draft. Author: Kiersten Jakobsen Activity name: “So much depends upon a red wheel barrow”...
Railroad Tracks
Activity Showcase, Genre/Modes, PWR 2, Week 8, News, Activities
Overview: This assignment invites students to choose the genre and the mode in which they’d like to communicate the argument made in their Research-Based Argument from PWR 2. Activity title: Writer’s...
The musician, Weird Al, plays an accordion on stage.
PWR 1, PWR 2, RBA, Research, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Activities
Overview: As a way of giving students practice in developing productive research questions along with enhancing their understanding of how research questions guide the initial research process, this...
students working in a group
Audience, PWR 1, PWR 2, TiC, Week 2, Week 3, Working with Sources, Activities
Overview: This activity prepares students for the Texts in Conversation assignment by inviting them to practice critical reading, summary skills, and rhetorical strategies through creating summaries...
A stack of newspapers rolled up.
PWR 1, RA, Rhetoric, Week 1, Activities
Overview: This activity is designed to introduce students to rhetorical analysis. It focuses on the visual rhetoric of advertisements. Activity title: Analyzing the Rhetoric of Newspaper...
Activity Showcase, PWR 1, Research, Working with Sources, Activities
Overview: This in-class exercise helps students to assess and identify different types of sources. It focuses considerable attention on visual signifiers that differentiate different types of sources...
Cultural Rhetorics, Activities
Overview: Students (in small groups) pick any article from BBC Pidgin (a digital platform in English-based Pidgin for West and Central Africa) and translate it to be most appealing to their target...
students working in pairs from Jennifer Stonaker's 2015 PWR class
Audience, PWR 1, PWR 2, RBA, Speaking Activities, Storytelling, Style, Activities
Overview: In this small group activity, students transition between storytelling technique and pitching their research projects, experimenting with ways to bridge the two genres. Author: Kevin...
Activity Showcase, News, Activities
Building on PWR’s exploration of cultural rhetorics during September Sessions, Program Meetings, and guest lectures this year, the Teaching and Tutoring Practices Committee is happy to showcase four...
students writing from John Peterson's 2014 PWR class
PWR 1, PWR 2, Storytelling, Style, Week 5, Week 6, Activities
Overview: This activity helps students experiment with ways they can use storytelling processes to help enrich academic writing. Author: Kim Savelson Activity name: Bringing Story IQ to Academic...
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PWR 2, Style, Activities
Overview: Designed for PWR 2 students, this activity asks them to draw on design principles from Robin Williams and Timothy Samara in a collaborative activity that moves them outside the classroom...
people brainstorming together
PWR 1, PWR 2, RBA, Research, Week 5, Week 6, Activities
Overview: This collaborative activity invites students to help their classmates to narrow and focus their research topics by taking turns contributing to a shared worksheet that asks them to engage...
PWR 1, PWR 2, Style, Activities
Overview: This playful activity invites students to experiment with different types of style in their writing. Author: Cassie Wright Activity title: Copy and Compose Activity brief description: This...
question marks
PWR 1, PWR 2, RBA, Research, TiC, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Activities
Overview: Through this activities, students examine what constitutes a strong research question and then, through peer workshopping, start to develop a question to guide their own project. Author:...
student speaking from Maxe Crandall's spring 2016 PWR class
Presentations, PWR 2, Speaking Activities, Style, Activities
Overview: This speaking activity asks students to rehearse and revise their delivery of a short piece to better understand how emphasis can be used as a rhetorical strategy. Author: Shay Brawn...
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Activity Showcase, PWR 1, PWR 2, RBA, TiC, Working with Sources, News, Activities
Overview: In this activity derived from Joseph Bizup's, students review a handout about the different rhetorical impacts of quoting and paraphrasing strategies, and then apply them to their own...
PWR 1, Research, Speaking Activities, Working with Sources, Activities
Overview: This activity helps students continue to develop their focus and argument for their RBAs. It is intended to show students that research is an ongoing process. Activity title: Elevator Pitch...
excerpt from worksheet
PWR 1, PWR 2, RBA, Revision, Activities
Overview: This worksheet-driven activity leads students through several exercises designed to help them look critically at their writing during the revision process. Author: Mark Feldman Activity...
A concept map in the software application Yewno.
PWR 1, PWR 2, Rhetoric, Research, Working with Sources, Activities
Overview: When students pick a research topic for the first time, they may not know where to begin in their research process. This activity invites students to pick a key term or phrase from their...
A paper is sholded into three parts. Someone draws in one of the segments. The other segments are blank.
PWR 1, PWR 2, RBA, Research, Activities
Overview: Writers often get stuck in a certain way of thinking about their research projects, which may make it challenging for them to make revisions or to understand the next directions for their...
Trail of papers
Activity Showcase, Library, Research, TiC, Activities
Overview: This set of activities encourages students to understand how they can use sources to read their way into an ongoing scholarly or public conversation by working closely with citations,...
card catalogue
Library, PWR 1, PWR 2, Research, Activities
Overview: In this activity, students compare search results for topic searches in Google, a database, and Searchworks to better understand the different search mechanisms available to them in their...
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Presentations, PWR 2, Speaking Activities, Storytelling, Week 10, Activities
Overview: Originally designed as the final reflection assignment for PWR 2, this speaking activity provides an effective capstone to students' work by asking them to analyze and then deliver...
Library, PWR 1, PWR 2, Research, Activities
Overview: Students in PWR 1 and 2 spend a significant amount of time conducting research at the Stanford Library. Instructors can help their students make the most of their library excursions by...
Activity Showcase, Rhetoric, Revision, Week 1, Activities
Overview: In the first week of class, students will brainstorm what they want a final project or essay to accomplish by the end of the quarter. Author: Jennifer Stonaker Activity title: History of...
musical score
PWR 1, PWR 2, Structure/Organization, Activities
Overview: This interactive activity encourages students to re-think their strategies for organizing their essays. Author: Erik Ellis Activity name: How to Create “Energy” in Persuasive Writing...
students clapping from Kathleen Tarr's fall 2014 PWR 2 class
Presentations, PWR 2, Speaking Activities, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Activities
Overview: This impromptu speaking activity asks students to translate the issue from a New York Times article into an engaging 2-3 minute presentation. Author: Chris Kamrath Activity name: Impromptu...
student on whiteboard from Jenne Stonakers class
Argument, PWR 1, PWR 2, RBA, Revision, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Activities
Overview: Through creative use of the whiteboard, this activity challenges students to think creatively about their developing research arguments to re-assess what they truly wanted to argue in their...
Infographic Image
Activity Showcase, Genre/Modes, PWR 2, Activities
Overview: This assignment asks students to adapt their ideas from their RBA proposal into an infographic to be later accompanied by a 3-minute presentation. Activity title: Infographic Assignment...
student speaking from Maxe Crandall's spring 2016 class
Audience, Presentations, PWR 1, PWR 2, Rhetoric, Speaking Activities, Week 1, Activities
Overview: This icebreaker activity can be used either in PWR 1 or PWR 2 to help students get to know their classmates and also start to understand how shifting audiences influence communication...
clickers
PWR 1, PWR 2, Style, Activities
Overview: This activity uses clickers and a powerpoint slide show to engage students in a lesson about constructing ethos through appropriate style and correctness in grammar and citation form ...
Library, PWR 1, Week 4, Activities
Overview: This activity is an in-depth modification of a traditional scavenger hunt, targeting learning outcomes and research practices that students will transfer forward directly to their research...
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PWR 1, TiC, Working with Sources, Activities
Overview: In this activity, students put three texts in conversation through using a creative activity involving different colored post-it notes. Author: Sarah Pittock Activity name: Mapping the...
Optical Collimating Lens by Rjcflyer - (RCarboni)
PWR 1, PWR 2, Research, TiC, Activities
Overview: This topic helps students narrow and focus their research topics by having them consider them in reference to the idea of the metonym. Author: Donna Hunter (adapted from an assignment by...
PWR 1, PWR 2, Style, Week 2, Week 3, Activities
Overview: This activity helps students focus on the importance and power of effective transitions by asking them to re-connect paragraphs from a published article that have been cut into separate...
Cultural Rhetorics, Audience, PWR 1, PWR 2, Activities
Overview of the activity: Instructors designed an online workshop (research mixer) between freshmen composition students at Stanford University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The session...
Student Brian Dudley gives oral reflection
Genre/Modes, Presentations, PWR 2, Speaking Activities, Week 10, Activities
Overview: This assignment asks students to create a 3-5 minute oral reflection of their learning experience in PWR 2. Author: Kathleen Tarr Activity title: Oral Reflection: Genre/Modes Assignment...
Library, PWR 1, Research, Working with Sources, Activities
Overview: Most students benefit most from their library workshop when they've started to develop important search skills and connect them to their research even before they walk into Green Library...
envelope
Activity Showcase, Audience, PWR 1, PWR 2, Style, Week 1, Activities
Overview: This out-of-class activity helps students experiment with the genre of email writing (also known as netiquette), while also encouraging students to formally reintroduce themselves to their...
Activity Showcase, Style, News, Activities
Overview: Students read Russell Baker’s two-page parody of “Little Red Riding Hood” and analyze his argument and rhetorical strategies. By retelling a classic fairy tale using stuffy diction and...
typing hands
Argument, PWR 1, PWR 2, RBA, TiC, Storytelling, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Working with Sources, Activities
Overview: This activity uses freewriting and storytelling practice to help students better engage with multiple perspectives on an issue. Author: Erik Ellis Activity name: Reaching in to Reach out to...
Stanford University campus from above
Activity Showcase, PWR 1, RA, Rhetoric, Week 1, News, Activities
Overview: This activity invites students to close read a space on campus by identifying the space's audience and purpose and determining which parts of the space are private/public and welcoming/...
Activity Showcase, Argument, Proposal, RBA, Research, Speaking Activities, Activities
Overview: This exercise involves a brief semi-formal presentation of the 'research challenge" that each student faces in completing the RBA. Students talk and guide discussion for 5 to 7 minutes...
photo of Bender Room in Green Library
Library, PWR 1, PWR 2, Research, Activities
Overview: Want to engage your students explicitly in library research again after the initial workshop or review earlier in the quarter? Give them time to return for independent research. Activity...
Tools hang from the wall in a workshop.
PWR 1, RA, Rhetoric, Revision, Week 1, Week 2, Activities
Overview: These two activities are designed to introduce students to the idea of a thesis statement for a rhetorical analysis essay and provide structured peer feedback on their draft thesis...
architecture
RA, Week 2, Activities
Overview: This multi-step activity asks students to analyze and discuss the rhetorical structure of sample essays to help them preparing for drafting their own essay. Author: Carolyn Ross Activity...
picture of a Google doc
Audience, PWR 1, RA, Rhetoric, Style, Activities
Overview: In this activity, student groups experiment with different rhetorical appeals and strategies of argumentation (assigned randomly) to write a fake letter to a specific audience. Author:...
screenshot of handout
PWR 1, PWR 2, RBA, Research, TiC, Working with Sources, Activities
Overview: This activity, derived from Joseph Bizup, teaches research by helping students understand their sources through a rhetorical framework. Author: John Peterson Activity name: Searching for...
Cultural Rhetorics, PWR 1, PWR 2, Style, Activities
Overview: This activity puts a cultural rhetorics twist on sentence imitation—the pedagogy that seeks to expand students’ stylistic awareness and ability by having them imitate a wide variety of...
Student speaking from Erik Ellis's class
Argument, Presentations, PWR 2, Speaking Activities, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Activities
Overview: This non-graded presentation activity helps students prep for their proposal presentations by asking them to take a stand on a topic. Author: Christine Alfano (based on a 2008 Activity by...
powerpoint screen
Presentations, PWR 2, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Activities
Overview: Through close analysis of a TED talk, this activity encourages students to consider how to design a presentation with purpose ( telos) in mind. Author: Kathleen Tarr Activity name: Tell Us...
students working in a group from Ross winter 2015 PWR class
PWR 1, PWR 2, Storytelling, Style, Activities
Overview: This activity asks students to use analysis of class readings and storytelling practices to engage with issues of style. Author: Mary Stroud Activity brief description: This exercise is...
Activity Showcase, Reflection, Presentations, PWR 2, Week 10, News, Activities
Overview: Adapted from PWR 2's former final reflection assignment, this activity asks students to reflect on the activities they've completed for the class and align them with the course goals by...
two students talking to each other from John Peterson's 2015 PWR class
PWR 1, PWR 2, RBA, Research, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Working with Sources, Activities
Overview: This multiple-step activity helps student develop ethical best practices for interviewing that they can use for their own research projects. Author: Emily Polk Activity name: The Art of the...
I Wish I Knew, Style, Classroom Practice, Activities
In this “I Wish I Knew” digest, PWR instructors tackle how to give feedback to students struggling with sentence-level errors. Giving written feedback is a challenging exercise in and of itself, but...
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Argument, Audience, PWR 2, Speaking Activities, Activities
Overview: This speaking activity encourages students to focus their argument by asking them to construct a pithy, brief "pitch" that they iteratively revise after delivering. Author: Russ Carpenter (...
Whiteboard with writing on it
Activity Showcase, PWR 1, PWR 2, Style, Activities
Overview: An ideal PWR1 or PWR2 segue activity into in-class revision work or a peer review session, this short and simple “linguistic experiment” offers students a window into the performative...
Cultural Rhetorics, PWR 1, PWR 2, Activities
Overview: This writing activity asks students to understand their various positionalities as researchers/writers and to recognize how their embodied socialized practices shape their research...
sample storyboard by PWR student
Audience, Presentations, PWR 1, PWR 2, RBA, Storytelling, Structure/Organization, Activities
Overview: A “storyboard is the visual presentation of narrative or argumentative sequence through segmented frames that illustrate essential scenes or ideas. In a storyboard, the sequence of the “...
empty boxes from an idea map
TiC, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Working with Sources, Activities
Overview: This invention activity asks students to visually map the connections and conversations between their sources as a way of preparing them to write their Texts in Conversation essay. Author:...
student writing in Norah Fahim's spring 2016 class
PWR 1, PWR 2, Style, Activities
Overview: This activity invites students to conduct a close analysis of the topic sentences in a published work and then apply their observations to their own drafts. Author: Magda Gross Activity...
twitter birds
PWR 1, TiC, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Working with Sources, Activities
Overview: This invention activity uses social media format to help students begin to put different sources in conversation as a prelude to drafting their TiC essay. Author: Mary Stroud Activity name...
hand writing on whiteboard
Argument, PWR 1, PWR 2, Week 5, Week 6, Activities
Overview: This activity introduces students to different types of arguments as a way of preparing them to compose effective thesis statements for their research projects. Author: Erica Cirillo-...
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Presentations, PWR 2, Rhetoric, Speaking Activities, Activities
Overview: This speaking activity asks students to construct a group presentation with careful attention to rhetorical devices and by modeling the style of a speech from AmericanRhetoric.com Author:...
student gesturing from Maxe Crandall spring 2016 PWR class
Presentations, PWR 2, Rhetoric, Speaking Activities, Week 1, Activities
Overview: This dynamic ice-breaker activity asks students to jump into the speaking activities in PWR 2 by sharing the foundations of PWR 1 with their classmates. Author: Russ Carpenter Activity name...
Students working on computers. Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0.
PWR 1, PWR 2, Style, Week 8, Week 9, Activities
Overview: This variation of thesis-speed-dating asks students to peer edit topic sentences in a round-robin style, helping them better understand the structure and function of effective topic...
eyes with subhead "psychic distance"
PWR 1, PWR 2, Storytelling, Style, Activities
Overview: This activity introduces students to the narrative concept of psychic distance and gives them a sense for how to use it rhetorically to improve their writing or their multimodal...
student looking at computer screen
PWR 1, TiC, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Activities
Overview: This activity helps students prepare for the Texts in Conversation by writing a fake TiC through a combination of individual and group work. Author: Kiersten Jackobsen Activity Name: “...