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Resources for teaching writing


Whether you are teaching a writing intensive (W) course or just assigning the occasional paper or report, you know that students struggle with writing. The challenges range from larger issues of composition (finding a thesis, constructing and organizing paragraphs, accommodating readers, adhering to a particular format or style manual, etc.) to expressing one's ideas in standard written English. Here are some resources at Penn State and elsewhere that you may find useful for designing writing assignments, evaluating student papers, and assisting students in developing good writing skills and practices. You may also want to refer your students to some of these resources.


Developing writing assignments

Evaluating writing

Developing and evaluating writing assignments for specific disciplines



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Writing resources for students


  • Penn State Learning Tutors Opens in new window
  • Graduate Writing Center Opens in new window
  • Time-planning calculator Opens in new window for various assignments