Assignments

I enjoy designing assignments. I believe a properly designed and planned assignment can help students engage in the learning process. More importantly, I prefer to collaborate and co-create assignments with my students. Normally, I talk with my students during the first week of class and ask them what they want to accomplish over the semester. We work together, design assignment details, and schedule those assignments in order to comfortably pace our course.

You’ll find several different assignments below. They have all been scrutinized and critiqued by my students. The assignments range from general writing to business writing to social media.


Technology Interview: This assignment was originally designed for first-year writing, but it could easily be adapted to more advanced rhetoric and writing courses.

Technical Description: This assignment was designed for a writing-intensive civil engineering materials course. It is applicable to technical and professional writing courses as well.

Basic Twitter Experiment: This assignment was designed for first-year writing and is super basic; it’s meant for students who have never used Twitter.

Technical Object: This assignment was designed for a scientific, technical, and complex data presentation course.

Website Design Consult: This assignment was designed for a digital communication component of a business and professional writing course.

Literacy Narrative: This assignment was designed for first-year writing, but it is applicable to any writing-intensive course.

Community Research Project: This assignment was originally designed for first-year writing, but I’ve used a modified version in business and professional writing courses.

Rhetorical Analysis of Community Artifacts: This assignment was designed for first-year writing.

Workplace Writing Process: This assignment was designed for technical and professional writing, but I’ve used it in business and engineering communication courses.

Social Media Proposal: This assignment was designed for business and professional writing.

Ethics in Context: This assignment was designed for a writing-intensive civil engineering materials course. It is applicable to many writing courses.

This Is How I Work: This assignment was designed for first-year writing, and it is inspired by Lifehacker’s “How I Work” series.

Socratic Dialogue: This assignment was designed for first-year writing (honors), and it is inspired by classical rhetoric and Plato’s Crito.