- Writing Audit, along with Domain Design & completed Website Rubric, due by Dec. 14, 5:15 pm (the end of exam period); category = writing audit
The writing audit (250-500 words) is a chance for you to reflect on your development as a writer, researcher, and critical thinker this semester in the Collaboratory.
1. Assemble Your Posts and Papers (do not include Prep Pages for any courses)
- Assemble all of the posts you published on the WRI 101 and CIS 150 course websites (you may include mini-essays you wrote for your slides in the Russian Revolution Timeline if you would like; their inclusion is optional).
- You can access all of your posts from the dashboard of our course sites by going to Users, finding your username, and clicking on the number in the Posts column, or you can click on an author name under Posts to see all posts by that author (yourself, in this case).
- You can access all your posts from the “outside” of the site by going to “Writers” in the header menu of WRI 101, and to “Student Roster” on CIS 150. Click on your username on each page to find all your work.
- Copy and paste these posts, including dates and titles, into a single Word or Google document.
- Arrange the posts in chronological order.
- Assemble all the papers you wrote for ENG 110 and BIO 107.
- Copy and paste these works, including dates and titles, into your Word document along with the WRI 101 and CIS 150 papers.
- Arrange them chronologically so that all your posts and papers from the semester appear in order, from first to last.
- NOTE: You do not need to include these essays in the 250-500 word Writing Adit that you turn in.
2. Analyze Your Writing
- Read your essays from a critical distance, almost as if they were written by somebody else. Try not to evaluate them as good or bad, but focus on assessing their arguments, core ideas, and rhetorical moves.
- Look for recurring themes and questions. Some may be made obvious via titles; others may be more latent and will only surface as your reflect on the collection as a whole.
- Look for recurring stylistic patterns. Do you always start with an anecdote, or end with a question? Do you favor certain words or phrases?
- Notice changes. Are your evidence sandwiches better at the end of the semester than at the beginning? How about your citation style? Is paperease diminishing?
- Examine your papers from the different courses to see whether insights from one course have influenced the others. For example, are your evidence sandwiches improving in CIS 150 and ENG 110? Or are they only improving in WRI 101?
- Notice how perspectives and styles have shifted. Ask yourself why and how. Did the conversations in the comments, in class, or different readings lead to the shifts?
3. Write an Writing Audit (250-500 words)
- This meta post analyzes what you’ve learned through writing and about writing this semester. You may find it helpful to quote your essays.
- Reflect on what you have learned through the writing of the essays and the resulting conversations and peer critiques.
- What ideas or threads of ideas do you think are worth revisiting or developing in greater depth? What might you want to investigate further in another course or on your own?
- Post your Writing Audit to our website (category = writing audit).
Note: This exercise is primarily one of self-reflection. It is a chance, at the end of the semester, to reflect on what you’ve learned and accomplished, and to learn about how your writing style has evolved.