This sort of writing lets you know how well your students understand the information conveyed by your course, be it factual or skill-based. Having them demonstrate knowledge through writing also requires them to integrate information.


  • When giving the assignment, be clear that the purpose of the assignment is primarily to demonstrate knowledge or mastery. When grading, focus on a student's ability to meet that goal.
  • Stress the need to use information, to apply knowledge, not just repeat it.
  • Encourage students to state concepts in their own words and/or to give examples not from the text or lecture.

Sample Writing Assignments
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