Scaffolded Writing Assignment

In our “Understanding Writing as a Process” class, our second assignment was to create a Scaffolded Writing Assignment that we could potentially use in a first year composition writing class (ENGL 1101 or 1102).  We were instructed to create a detailed, narrative assignment in which we provide theoretical and practical goals and instructions directed at a student audience. My project titled “Style Synthesis Project” will get students to work in pairs to create two piece of writing on the same topic but in two different styles. Here is my project below:

Style Synthesis Project

Purpose:

In the course of your life you will be required to write in many different styles. Some you may be familiar with and excited to write in, and others you may be unfamiliar with and therefore hesitant to undertake. The purpose of this assignment will be to, in pairs, write in two distinct different writing styles on one researched topic. One of the two styles must incorporate “Standard English” as we’ve discussed in class, but can be either written in a formal or informal register.  

Theoretical Background

The threshold concepts that will be used in this assignment include four out of the five concepts. These include:

  1. Concept 1: Writing Is a Social and Rhetorical Activity = 1.0 Writing Is a Social and Rhetorical Activity, 1.2 Writing Addresses, Invokes, and/or Creates Audiences, 1.9 Writing Is a Technology through Which Writers Create and Recreate Meaning
  1. Concept 2: Writing Speaks to Situations through Recognizable Forms = 2.4 All Writing Is Multimodal, 2.6 Texts Get Their Meaning from Other Texts
  1. Concept 3: Writing Enacts and Creates Identities and Ideologies = 3.1 Writing Is Linked to Identity, 3.3 Writing Is Informed by Prior Experience, 3.4 Disciplinary and Professional Identities Are Constructed through Writing
  1. Concept 4: All Writers Have More to Learn = 4.0 All Writers Have More to Learn, 4.3 Learning to Write Effectively Requires Different Kinds of Practice, Time, and Effort, 4.4 Revision Is Central to Developing Writing, 4.5 Assessment Is an Essential Component of Learning to Write

Learning Outcomes 

  1. Students will be able to produce writing in different writing styles for multiple audiences
  2. Students will be able to research peer reviewed topics
  3. Students will be able to recognize the functions of different writing styles
  4. Students will be able to summarize and reflect on the choices that they made

Timeline for Assignment

  1. Brainstorming in Class with Group
    1. By this point in the semester you all should have a good knowledge of different writing styles that you might come across in your writing careers. So in your pairs, I want you to come up with your two writing styles and the topic that you would like to do. I will allow for the whole class period for brainstorming. If you and your partner come up with everything then I want you to use the remaining time to begin doing some preliminary research.
  2. Preliminary Research
    1. Together and outside of class I want you to find some research on your topic and the styles that you have chosen to do. I would like a minimum of two scholarly peer reviewed sources for your topic and per styles you have chosen. This research may not be perfect and you may not even use them for your final project, but I want to see you and your partner are able to find something.
  3. Project Proposal + Annotated Bibliography
    1. You and your partner will submit to D2L a project proposal outlining what your topic is, your two sources, and why you’ve chosen your topic and styles. I also want you to include an annotated bibliography of your minimum six sources that you found through your preliminary research. You and your partner will also write an annotated bibliography together. I want you to go into detail on what the article is about, but also include if you think it’s worthwhile or not. Don’t be afraid to go into detail on why or why not you like the article. Also include if you think you’ll use it for your final project.
  4. Drafting Peer Review
    1. At this step in your writing process I’d like for you and your team member to have three out of the five pages minimum per style written out. Keep in mind this is just your draft and it can be very rough. Despite this, you must have the completed pages even if they are rough. You will then join with another group and share your projects and peer review each other’s work. There is no right or wrong answer to the peer review, this is purely to help you get additional feedback.
  5. Rough Draft Peer Review
    1. At this step I’d like for you and your partner to have your “completed” rough draft. You must have all five pages per style completed and essentially be ready to turn your assignment in. You will again get with another group, different from the first time, and peer review each other’s work. Take these last comments and use them to polish up your two pieces of writing.
  6. Formal Presentation + Reflection
    1. For your formal presentation, you and your partner will take your two styles on your topic and present them to the class in a Ted Talk style presentation. You will both show your two styles to your classmates and me obviously making sure to not only have your writing styles different but the layout as well. Then you will give us a reflection on why you did what you did. The differences between the styles and why they are laid out how they are. After your presentation you will turn in on D2L: your assignment, both your writing styles, a reflection written by both group members on what you did differently in the two styles, and a portion where you reflect on your partner and working together. I’d like you to grade them as well, but only I will see your grade.

Helpful Links

https://writingcenter.kennesaw.edu/

https://writingcenter.kennesaw.edu/resources/handouts_print/ANNOTATED_BIBLIOGRAPHY%20Accessible.pdf

https://writingcenter.kennesaw.edu/resources/handouts_print/MLA_INTEXT%20accessible.pdf

https://writingcenter.kennesaw.edu/resources/handouts_print/MLA%20Style-%20Works%20Cited%20Page%20accessible.pdf

https://writingcenter.kennesaw.edu/resources/handouts_print/MLA.Formatting%20Accessible.pdf

https://library.kennesaw.edu/

Multimodal Component

https://www.ted.com/participate/organize-a-local-tedx-event/tedx-organizer-guide/speakers-program/prepare-your-speaker/create-prepare-slides

Evaluation Criteria

GRADE Project Proposal + Annotated Bibliography Final Project Reflection Presentation
A Project proposal is well written following MLA formatting. Annotated Bibliography includes a minimum of six sources, and follows the MLA formatting correctly. Students have followed all of the assignments guidelines completing two, five page writing styles on one topic. Each style is designed accurately to their style. Students have turned in a reflection that accurately describes each decision that was made, why it was made, and what would change if the project was repeated. The student takes an active role in the presentation, they effectively show two styles, styles are designed appropriately, they reflect on their choices, and uses effective visuals
B Project proposal is well written and some what follows MLA formatting. Annotated Bibliography includes a minimum of six sources, and some what follows the MLA formatting.  Students have followed most of the assignments guidelines completing two, five page writing styles on one topic. Each style is somewhat designed accurately to their style. Students have turned in a reflection that describes each decision that was made, why it was made, and what would change if the project was repeated. The student takes a somewhat active role in the presentation, they show two styles, styles are designed appropriately, they reflect on their choices, and uses effective visuals
C Project proposal needs some work in terms of writing skills and MLA formatting. Annotated Bibliography does not includes a minimum of six sources, and does not follow the MLA formatting correctly. Students have followed some of the assignments guidelines completing two, five page writing styles on one topic. Each style is not designed accurately to their style. Students have turned in a reflection that somewhat describes each decision that was made, why it was made, and what would change if the project was repeated. The student presents their presentation, they show two styles, styles are designed somewhat appropriately, they somewhat reflect on their choices, and uses visuals
D Project proposal is incorrectly formatted and written in an informal nature. MLA format is incorrect. Students have not followed the assignments guidelines. Each style is not designed accurately to their style. Students have turned in a reflection that somewhat describes the steps they took in the assignment. The student presents their presentation, they show two styles, styles are not designed appropriately, they somewhat reflect on their choices, and uses visuals
F Project proposal does not meet the requirements. MLA formatting is incorrect. Students have not followed the assignments guidelines. Neither style is designed accurately to their style. Students have turned in a reflection that does not describe their steps or does not turn in one at all. The student does not present their presentation, they do not show two styles, styles are not designed appropriately, they do not reflect on their choices, and do not use visuals

Bibliography

Adler-Kassner, Linda, and Elizabeth Wardle, editors. Naming What We Know: Threshold Concepts of Writing Studies, Classroom Edition. Utah State University Press, 2016.

“Annotated Bibliography.” Kennesaw State University Writing Center, writingcenter.kennesaw.edu/resources/handouts_print/ANNOTATED_BIBLIOGRAPHY%20Accessible.pdf. Accessed 19 Nov. 2019.

“Create + Prepare Slides.” TED.com, www.ted.com/participate/organize-a-local-tedx-event/tedx-organizer-guide/speakers-program/prepare-your-speaker/create-prepare-slides. Accessed 19 Nov. 2019.

Kennesaw State University. Kennesaw State University Library System, library.kennesaw.edu/. Accessed 19 Nov. 2019.

Kennesaw State University. Kennesaw State University Writing Center, writingcenter.kennesaw.edu. Accessed 19 Nov. 2019.

“MLA Style: Formatting.” Kennesaw State University Writing Center, writingcenter.kennesaw.edu/resources/handouts_print/ANNOTATED_BIBLIOGRAPHY%20Accessible.pdf. Accessed 19 Nov. 2019.

“MLA Style: In-Text Citations.” Kennesaw State University Writing Center, writingcenter.kennesaw.edu/resources/handouts_print/ANNOTATED_BIBLIOGRAPHY%20Accessible.pdf. Accessed 19 Nov. 2019.

“MLA Style: Works Cited Page.” Kennesaw State University Writing Center, writingcenter.kennesaw.edu/resources/handouts_print/ANNOTATED_BIBLIOGRAPHY%20Accessible.pdf. Accessed 19 Nov. 2019.

Phillips, David JP. “How to Avoid Death by PowerPoint.” YouTube, uploaded by TEDx Talks, 14 April 2014, www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwpi1Lm6dFo.

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