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Writing 7100: Teaching First-year Writing

Writing 7100 prepares new instructors of Cornell’s First-Year Writing Seminars to teach courses that both introduce students to particular fields of study and help them develop the sophisticated writing skills they will need throughout their undergraduate careers.  Seminar discussions and readings on pedagogical theories and practices provide an overview of the teaching of writing within a disciplinary context.  Participants develop written assignments designed to be used in their own First-Year Writing Seminars. 

Writing 7100 Resources:

Course Syllabi for Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 are available for download.

The eCommons Digital Repository contains an archive of Assignments and Classroom exercises used in First Year Seminars and other Writing classes at Cornell. Many of these assignments have won either the James Slevin Assignment Sequence Prize or the Knight Award for Writing Exercises and Handouts. This eCommons resource is available to Cornell instructors only.

The following web page, created by the library instruction and outreach group, provides links to web resources, services, and request forms:

WRIT 7100: Library Resources and Services for FWS Instructors

Co-Facilitators:

In the summer and fall, the Knight Institute hires experienced graduate student instructors to act as co-facilitators for Writing 7100. Graduate student facilitators co-lead one of the discussion sections in collaboration with a faculty member.  In addition to receiving a generous stipend, co-facilitators play an important role in training future Graduate Student Instructors of First Year Writing Seminars. Being a co-facilitator also represents an opportunity for Graduate Instructors to continue their professional development as teachers of writing.

Peer Collaboration Program

The Knight Institute supports TAs who would like to participate in collaborative activities such as team-teaching, team-grading, team-conferences, or team-observation. TAs submit their proposals directly to their course leader, who in turn submits them to the Knight Institute for consideration. The stipend is $125 per TA.

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Buttrick-Crippen Fellowship

The Buttrick-Crippen Fellowship provides a full year of support during which the Fellow can devote him- or herself to the study and practice of teaching composition within and beyond the context of his or her discipline 
Supporting materials should be submitted (101 McGraw Hall) by January 11, 2017.

Download application here.

Writing 7101: Writing in the Majors Seminar

Graduate teaching assistants appointed to Writing in the Majors courses enroll in Writing 7101, our seminar on writing and teaching in the disciplines. This course provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of specific issues that arise in Writing in the Majors courses. It also explores more general dimensions of writing and teaching that are rarely objects of instruction in graduate programs or topics of organized discussion within departments. Writing 7101 begins by eliciting from the participants detailed concerns about writing and teaching, as a basis for further discussion. Later sessions pursue the following topics, among others:
  • Strategies for responding to and evaluating student writing, both in drafts and in final versions
  • Methods for generating lively, inclusive discussions
  • Assignment design
  • The writing process and the writing methods used by undergraduates, graduate students, and professional writers
  • Analysis of professional writing across the disciplines, with attention to continuities and discontinuities
  • Troubleshooting specific problems in the classroom

Writing 7101 is a one-credit course, offered S/U only. Writing 7101 begins in the first week of the fall or spring term and meets weekly on Thursday evenings for six weeks.

Workshops for International Graduate Students

The English Language Support Office (ELSO) offers a series of workshops designed to introduce international graduate and professional students to different aspects of writing and speaking. To learn more about these workshops and register, visit the ELSO website.