Resources for Faculty and Preceptors
Instructional Resources for the Mercer Writing Core
The Mercer Writing Core identifies 10 essential concepts and skills defining expectations for all General Education writing instruction courses.
The Mercer Modules are designed to facilitate the teaching of the Core in both Integrative Learning and Great Books' courses.
Scroll down to learn more about the Modules and our companion handbook, Writing in the Margin: A Practical Guide for Writing Instructions and Embedded Tutors. The Modules and a prototype of Writing in the Margin can be downloaded for use in your course below.
Writing is recursive, making it akin to artistic or athletic performance. As in such pursuits, students need consistent practice to develop as effective writers. For this reason, the Core is part of each writing instruction course in the Integrative Learning or Great Books sequence. The Mercer Modules provide instructional resources for instructors and preceptors keyed to each component of the Core.
Writing in the Margin: A Practical Guide for
Writing Instructors and Embedded Tutors
With generous support from Mercer's Office of Quality Enhancement, Writing Director Deneen Senasi and Preceptor Scholars Meghan Duffey and Cassie Outler have created a practical guide for the teaching of the Writing Core.
In addition to the Modules, Writing in the Margin: A Practical Guide for Writing Instructors and Embedded Tutors offers chapters on the major genres of academic writing. There are also sections on managing what preceptors need to know to facilitate writing and how to put that knowledge into practice. Another section explores interactions between writing instructors, preceptors, and students. Writing in the Margin also maps the intersection of writing instruction and integrative learning as high impact practices converging within a single course.
THE MERCER MODULES
Each Module is composed of three components:
1) The Backgrounder describes and contextualizes the Writing Core concept, explaining key terms and strategies.
2) The How-To-Teaching Handout condenses information from the Backgrounder for the instructor's use in the classroom.
3) The Activity is designed to help students apply what they're learning about that concept.
START UP MINI-MODULES
Start Up 1:How to Get Started Talking with Students about Writing
Start Up 2: How to Incorporate a Writing Preceptor into your Course
Start Up 3: How to Provide Effective Feedback on Student Writing
MODULE 1: How to Formulate an Effective Thesis Statement
MODULE 2: How to Structure an Argument
MODULE 3: How to Structure a Paragraph
MODULE 4: How to Make Effective Transitions
MODULE 5: How to Write Effective Introductions
Module 6: How to Write Effective Conclusions
Module 7: How to Paraphrase, Summarize, and Quote Sources Responsibly
Module 8: How to Write Clear, Concise Sentences Appropriate to the Context
Module 9: How to Develop Awareness of and Facility with Purpose and Audience
Module 10: How to Pre-Write, Draft, and Revise Effectively
Online Resources for Faculty and Preceptors
Purdue OWL: Purdue University Online Writing Lab
Harvard College Writing Center
Conference on College Composition and Communication Principles for the Postsecondary Teaching of Writing
Mercer Academic Resource Center