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Formal and Informal Writing

Formal Writing - the Department of Educational Studies expects its students to use the APA style of formal writing. Help and tutorials may be found here, here, and here.
  • Courses in the Department of Educational Studies offer a wide variety of formal writing assignments
 Writing for Communication Writing for Curriculum and Pedagogical Issues Writing for Professional Purposes
  • letters of introduction
  • brochures
  • newsletters
  • letters communicating with families and community members
  • letters for permission for class activities
  • proposals for collaboration
  • requesting classroom speakers

  • units plans

  • lesson plans

  • curriculum proposals

  • behavior plans
 
  • academic papers - based on research of literature
  • presentations
  • recording formal observation data
  • case study summary reports
  • professional development plans (PDPs)
  • letters of application
  • student evaluations/report cards
  • observations
  • digital storytelling



Informal Writing - also known as "writing to learn". Informal writing exercises are structured to encourage reflective and critical thinking. 

Writing for Communication Writing for Curriculum and Pedagogical Issues Writing for Professional Purposes
  • blog entries
  • journal writing (reflective and interactive)
  • emails
  • wikispace/Google Docs
  • reflective journals

  • online discussion

  • quick writes

  • observation notes

  • graphic organizers

  • essay exams

  • drafts
  • creative writing
  • impromptu presentations
  • prezi presentations