Sciences & Math

Several faculty members in the Biology department use this exercise to help students convey their ideas clearly. The activity asks them to consider questions such as "What's my main message?"  "What does my audience need to know?"  "What evidence can I offer?" The strategies work in many contexts.

Resources for engaging students in writing and speaking about mathematics.

A colleague in Psychology contributed these Power Point slides to review grammar and usage conventions in science writing (based on Strunk and White).

A set of Power Point slides that use PACT to help new researchers learn conventions, with a specific focus on strengthening organization and coherence.


Note the PDF guide on Writing in the Life Sciences. 

This page provides links to many department-specific curricular plans. The plans address writing-related expectations and concerns as determined by the faculty and students within each individual department.

Social Sciences

Not all writing has to be evaluated.  Here are some  ways to help students learn new content through informal writing.

These guides include several discipline-specific (and department-specific) PDFs. 

This page provides links to many department-specific curricular plans. The plans address writing-related expectations and concerns as determined by the faculty and students within each individual department.

Humanities

Download this Word file if you want to use the PACT graphic and questions as part of your syllabus. Please change the sample text on this document to reflect your own teaching practices.

A brief set of guidelines that invites students to consider purpose, audience, conventions, and trouble spots when responding to a peer's draft. 

A rubric for responding to oral presentations that focuses on the speaker's clarity of purpose and awareness of audience and conventions.  Trouble-shooting leads to constructive suggestions for improvement.

These guides include several discipline-specific (and department-specific) PDFs.

This page provides links to many department-specific curricular plans. The plans address writing-related expectations and concerns as determined by the faculty and students within each individual department.