In this section, you will find many instructional materials we've developed for our Writing Center teaching.
However, there are limitations to these materials. Assignments vary, and different instructors want different things from student writers. Therefore, the advice here may or may not apply to your writing situation.
Finally, handouts can give only a fraction of the customized guidance that an individual conference with a Writing Center instructor can provide. If you have questions about the information in our handouts, please make an appointment to see a Writing Center instructor.
Common Writing Assignments
Use these pages to learn about common types of writing assignments.
Job Materials and Application Essays
Proposals and Dissertations
Writing for the Web
The Literacy Narrative:
The literacy narrative is often one of the very first assignments students encounter in a typical ENGL 1101 class. Your instructor also may refer to this personal narrative assignment as a memoir or an autobiography, but regardless, what is at stake in this assignment is that students address all the standard elements of this type of writing. A sample literacy narrative assignment may be found here.
Click here to review an assignment sheet written by instructor Sara Hughes to outline the expectations for her “Monster Memoir” assignment. Click here to review student Max Fine’s essay.
Watch a video of Sara Hughes and Max Fine discussing their work.
The Annotated Bibliography:
As noted in Guide to First-Year Writing Chapter 5 “Research and Documentation,” the annotated bibliography often serves as a useful tool for organizing notes. More than this, it can be a crucial tool for evaluating and responding to research sources. It can even help determine which sources fit within the scope of a research project and which do not. First-year writing students may be introduced to annotated bibliographies in ENGL 1101, and are almost certain to encounter them in ENGL 1102.
Click on the following links to see other types of essay assignments you might encounter in your ENGL 1101 and 1102 courses: