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The academic Writing Reference Handbook is a writing tool that undergraduate students can use to elaborate a variety of texts that range from descriptive to argumentative. The handbook us the result of two years of ongoing research on the effectiveness of instructional, asessment, and peer-assitance strategies on students compositional skills, implemented in an Academic Writing course at a Colombian public university. Findings from this study shed light on the selection and organization of the contents comprised in the AWRH. Strategies are grounded within a theoretical famework that includes the Writing Process Approach, Genre-based Instruction, error analysis and formative assessment. The AWRH highlights the importance of students following the Writing Process Aproach, which begins with brainstorming ideas and continues with the elaboration of drafts, polished through professors feedback and peer review. The handbook is organized around the writing genres most commonly found in college. For each genre, there is a description of the structure, recommended language and students samples. Embracing writing tasks base don genres facilitates the identification of particular features that characterize each type of text. Given the importance of providing feedback to students, we included a chapter on time-efficient assessment instruments such as analytical rubrics tht allow to zero in on specific writing features. Furthermore. Genre – specific rubrics were designen to enhance the quality of the formative assessment process. To wrap up, the handbook provides writers with a series of insighful tips to Foster excellent academic writing practices
Table of contents
1. OVERVIEW AND ORGANIZING PRINCIPLES
1.1. Research highlights!
2. A FRAMEWORK FOR ACADEMIC WRITING ASSISTANCE
2.1. Academic Writing
2.2. The writing process approach
2.3. The genre - based approach
2.4. Formative assesment
2.5. Error analysis
3. THE WRITING PROCESS APPROACH: A ROAD MAP FOR SUCCESSUL WRITING
3.5. Receiving feedback
3.7. Adding further information
4. GENRE –BASED APPROACH: THE POWER OF PURPOSEFUL WRITING
4.1. Descriptive esays
4.2. Reflective essays
4.3. Argumentative essays
4.4. Expository essays
5. ERROR ANALYSIS WHY DO WE MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES?
6. POWERFUL HINTS TO BECOME A GREAT WRITER
6.1. Brainstorming vs Freewriting
6.2. What is an outline?
6.3. Where can I look for reliable sources?
6.4. How should I respond when I receive feedback?
6.5. What is a hook?
6.6. What is a thesis statement
6.7. How long should my paragraphs be?
6.8. Always check APA
6.9. Polish your punctuation
6.10. How to proofread your text
6.11. How to overcome writers blocking
7. FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT: ENLIGHTENING CHECKPOINTS
7.1. Rubric for descriptive essays
7.2. Rubric for reflective essays
7.3. Rubric for argumentative essays
7.4. Rubric for expository essays