GEOG 438W
Human Dimensions of Global Warming

Write to Learn

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A hallmark of writing intensive courses at Penn State is that they employ various types of writing assignments to ensure that we take a balanced approach to working on the mechanics of proper writing with allowing our writing to help us learn more deeply about the content.  We will learn to write, but we will also write to learn.

Each lesson includes a Write to Learn assignment in which you're tasked with writing informally about the open-ended question provided.  These are largely opinion-based and you should use these exercises as a time to let the words flow freely from your keyboard without concern about the mechanics and grammar.  These assignments are more of a one-on-one conversation between you and me to make sure you're understanding the material and feeling good about your performance in the class. It's a way for me to check in on your progress and for us to address any issues before they become more problematic. And while we're not focusing on the mechanics of writing, copying language from another source and not attributing it is still not okay.

Please note - it's 0, 5, or 10 points for these.  It should be an easy 10 every time so long as you follow the directions!

How long should it be?  Good question.  I'd say 150 words is a minimum.  I offered this assignment category last semester and found that most students really just wanted to have some freedom to write about these topics, so I'm not going to give you an upper limit.

Write to Learn Grading Criteria
Criteria Points possible
Great work! Student provides a thorough response to the prompt which demonstrates thoughtful consideration of the corresponding lesson content. 10 points
Student provides a response to the prompt that lacks detail or is incomplete and demonstrates only cursory consideration of the corresponding lesson content. 5 points
Student either does not submit the assignment or it is done with such little effort as to not warrant credit for submission. 0 points