Monday, December 10, 2007

How to deal with the "other programs" bullets in your inventory.

A student wrote with a question about how to deal with the set of "other program" bullets in each section of the WPA outcomes. My response appears below. Since, it will save you time, you might want to read it.

"Yes, you should respond to these bullets, but you can respond to them as a group rather than individually. Remember, the idea behind the inventory assignment is for you and me to get an idea of what you know and what you still need to study in terms of writing.

"These "other program" bullets indicate that your other professors in different programs have a responsibility to pass along knowledge about writing which is specific to their discipline as a discourse community. If they don't, you have to be proactive and seek this knowledge out. The "all programs" bullets should, hence, serve as an indication of the kind of information you should seek out. My guess is you already have some of the knowledge, as many of you are fairly savvy readers in your particular fields. If you have some of the know and a lack other aspects, just say so."

"Write with questions."

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