Describe the purpose of writing assignments and what an instructor might expect to see from your writing
Identify common types of writing tasks in a college class
Review the syllabi for courses you’re taking this term. Make note of the writing-based assignments you’ll be asked to complete for each course you’re taking. For each one, identify the following:
what kind of writing task it is (essay, journal, memo, annotated bibliography, online discussion, scientific report, etc.)
how much of your course grade it represents
how much time you estimate it will take you to complete
what the purpose of the assignment seems to be – why it is a graded requirement of the class
Compare the list you’ve generated with a small group of your classmates. How do their lists of writing assignments compare to your own? What are some common factors across writing assignments? What are some notable differences?