What Is the Goal for Writing in This Course? – Think about it as teaching some part of history to your smart cousin.

What Is Not the Goal

With something that people talk about in many ways, sometimes it helps to state what is not the goal. With writing in this course, you:

·         Are not summarizing or not paraphrasing the textbook.

·         Do not need to repeat every fact or word in the textbook.

·         Are not showing your personal writing style while stating your feelings or your opinions or your assumptions.



What Is the Goal

Instead, in this course, the goal of all writing assignments is for you to do activities that help you learn the history of our nation. One of the most powerful ways to learn something is to try to teach it so the goal is for you to pretend to teach another person—such as your smart cousin.


That’s a multi-step skill—one skill that is also useful for most jobs you may do. You do 4 things:

1.     Read carefully the required content (and I tell you what you need to read)

2.     Understand that content

3.     Choose carefully what anyone—such as your smart cousin—needs to learn

4.     Teach that content in a common sense, practical way

Why am I using the example of your smart cousin as the person you will teach?

·         You are probably comfortable with your cousin.

·         In helping your smart cousin, you will spend:
- More time trying to help your cousin learn the content
- Less time trying to say it in fancy words

If You Need a Method for Working

If you have no method that works for you, try the method for preparing to write a practical essay to read, analyze, and create a short list of possible things you will cover.

It you also need an example on a brain trick for reading, you will find one in that link.

Copyright C. J. Bibus, Ed.D. 2003-2014



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