Help for Students Creating Portfolio and Blog Websites

This semester, Henderson State University students in Basic English, Freshman English A and Freshman English B will be creating final digital portfolios in lieu of an end-of-semester exam. These portfolios must contain all writing from the semester as well as a new reflective essay detailing the student’s learning during the course. To encourage students to […]

Teaching Notes: Cause-and-Effect Analysis

For Freshman English A (first semester first-year writing) Corresponds to Chapters 9 of The Student Writer Definitions: Cause = the “why” of an event, trend, situation, phenomenon Effect = the “what happened” of a cause Analysis = evaluation; a close, detailed, critical, focused consideration Two Types – both types discuss both causes and effects but […]

Process Analyses Examples, As Identified and Explained by Students

First-semester, first-year writing students were asked to find examples of process analysis and explain why their selections fit the category. Here are some of the best examples/explanations (in no particular order): WikiHow Link: How to Throw a Knuckball Leon T. said: “I believe this is process analysis because they explain step by step in which […]

Teaching Notes: Introduction to Patterns of Development

For Freshman English A (first semester first-year writing) Corresponds to Chapters 4-12 of The Student Writer   Patterns of Development = how to develop paragraphs, correlates closely to genres Book addresses, by chapter, the following patterns or genres: Description Narration Exemplification (“showing by example”) Process Analysis (either to provide step-by-step instructions or simply to explain […]