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PWR's Collaboration with the Leland Scholars Program

(By Justine Desilva and Christine Alfano)

If you walked through Wallenberg Hall on a Tuesday or Thursday morning in August, you might have stumbled on something unexpected: a PWR instructor leading a group of excited incoming freshman through an elevator pitch activity or giving them guidance on developing an effective op-ed.  In short, what you might have seen would have been one of the most recent of PWR's collaborations -- our new partnership with the Leland Scholars Program, through which PWR offered 4 sections of a PWR 6 class, "Academic Writing and Argument" this summer.

Copy & Compose

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 activity, which is designed to provide a series of daily "meditations" on style that can stretch across the quarter, relies on the practice of imitatio, asking students to imitate different types of sentences and then apply that experimentation to their own writing practice.

Bridging Story and Research

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 DiPirro

Activity title: Bridging Story and Research

Class: PWR 1/PWR 2

Activity brief description: In this small group activity, students transition between storytelling technique and pitching their research projects.

Research Challenge Presentation

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. They must prepare a one page handout to frame the discussion. The goal is to get the class involved in the research project and solicit feedback.

Author: Donna Hunter

Activity title: Research Challenge Presentation

Rhetorical Mad Libs

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: Jesse Davie-Kessler

Activity name: Rhetorical Mad Libs

Class: PWR 1

Activity brief description: In this activity, students incorporate a set of randomly assigned rhetorical and stylistic elements into a short and silly written argument.

TiC Idea Map

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: Jenne Stonaker

Activity name: TiC Idea Map

Class: PWR 1

From Google to Academic Search Premiere

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 research.

Author: Phyllis Kayten, Senior Reference Specialist at Green Library

Activity name: From Google to Academic Search Premiere: Comparing Search Engines and Outcomes

Class: PWR 1/PWR 2