Fostering Meaningful Engagement with Assigned Readings Through Brief Writing Assignments: 25 Word Summaries

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)Fostering Meaningful Engagement with Assigned Readings Through Brief Writing Assignments: 25 Word Summaries
Presenter: Eddie Watson
Event Date: November 18, 2013 – 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: North Instructional Plaza Classroom

Two key challenges faculty often experience when assigning reading assignments are that 1) students don’t do them or 2) students don’t engage with the article/text in ways that facilitate understanding and/or learning. Both instances often result in frustrating classroom experiences. This session will offer a strategy that requires students to engage with readings prior to class in deep and rich ways through a targeted, summative writing strategy known as “25 word summaries”. Participants in this session will learn how to prepare students to engage in active reading in ways that facilitate understanding of the text in preparation for writing a meaningful 25 word summary. Attendees will engage in writing a 25 word summary during the session (it’s not as easy as you’d might think) and then engage in assessment strategies of these brief writing assignments. It will become clear that 25 word summaries are more of a thinking activity than a writing activity. Those who attend this session will leave being able to apply a new instructional strategy that motivates students to read and that fosters learning while they do it.

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