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FWS Instructor Referral

FWS Instructor Referral

All FWS instructors should collect a writing sample within the first 10 days of the semester. This first writing assignment (often ungraded) should be at least 2 pages and should challenge students to produce the kinds of intellectual work expected of them in your course (See Diagnostic Essay Guidelines for more). In typical seminars, this means writing built upon inquiry into complex disciplinary conversations, engagement with textual material, and analysis of scholarly concepts. 

Occasionally, you will find a student whose writing is considerably weaker than the rest, or a student who lacks the experience or confidence typical among their classmates. You might look for essays that show a range of problems: over-reliance on summary or personal experience, little understanding of the assignment, weak analysis, critical sentence problems, many grammar and usage errors. 

If you are concerned about a student’s ability to comfortably succeed in your FWS or if you feel as though a student might need more individual attention than you can reasonably provide, you should consult with Writing Workshop faculty to determine what support services we recommend. 

Please submit a copy of the student’s paper, and your FWS assignment together with the information requested below as soon as possible but no later than Tuesday, September 7 at 9:00am. Identifying students quickly ensures the best outcomes. 

PLEASE DO NOT SEND STUDENTS DIRECTLY TO THE WRITING WORKSHOP. 


Contact Writing Workshop Director Tracy Hamler Carrick at tracyhcarrick@cornell.edu with any questions.

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