The Pocket Instructor: Writing - Keys

Below you will find a list of keys—navigational devices that will help readers use the guide as effectively and efficiently as possible. Not all keys will be relevant for your exercise, but please include as many as possible at the top of your submission (see Models for examples). This information will be gathered at the front or back of the volume in cross-indexes so users will have multiple pathways into the collection. The sixth key, “Home Discipline,” will only appear for exercises published in the “Writing Across the University” chapter of the work.

  1. Writing Focus* (Thesis, Motive, Structure, Key Terms, Methodology, Evidence/Data, Analysis, Sources, Orienting, Citations, Conventions, Mechanics)
  2. Project Stage (Any, Brainstorming, Formulating a Question, Researching, Developing an Argument, Drafting, Revising)
  3. Teacher Preparation (None, Low, Medium, High)
  4. Student Preparation (None, Low, Medium, High)
  5. Estimated Time (Hours, Minutes)
  6. Home Discipline (Comparative Literature, Political Science, Molecular Biology, etc.)

*Writing Focus keys are drawn from “A Writing Lexicon.” Adapted from Gordon Harvey’s “Elements of the Academic Essay,” “A Writing Lexicon” names the elements present in persuasive argument across the various scholarly disciplines and across different genres.

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