Why It Matters: Writing in College Workshop

Why examine types of essays you’ll write in college?

Learning and decoding the different rhetorical types of writing prompts will help you throughout your college studies. No matter the subject, instructors are likely to ask you to do things like compare and contrast two objects in science or describe a painting for an art class. This is important because understanding the assignment, and what is being asked is why this matters.

In this writing workshop, we are not going to be writing full essays. Instead, we’ll practice a technique called brainstorming using different techniques like “mind mapping” that can help generate and organize ideas before taking on any kind of writing assignment. We’ll use the different types of brainstorming activities as a way to think through a variety of essay prompts and break down what it is that they’re asking for.

Writing Workshop: Your Working Document

Every component of the working document will be introduced throughout this module in a blue box such as this one. Open your working document now and keep it open as you progress through the module.

  1. Go to the assignment for this module in your LMS. Click on the link to open the Working Document for this module as a Google Document.
  2. Choose “file” then “make a copy” to make your own version of the document. If you prefer to download it as a word or other file, you may.Screenshot of the file, make a copy, button inside of google docs
  3. Rename it as “YOUR NAME: Working Doc – Writing Essentials” and move it to a folder where you can easily find it.screenshot of copy document and renaming settings inside of google docs
  4. Next, go to the sharing settings and change it so that “Anyone with the link can comment.” This will enable your instructor to make comments on the document.Screenshot of GoogleDocs sharing settings set to "Anyone with the link can comment"
  5. Now hold onto this document—we’ll need it soon! (You’ll submit the link to your instructor once you’ve completed the Writing Workshop activities).


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