In 1990 for Freshman Composition I, I had 16 writing assignments. Two were personal; one was a letter; six were short. One was a research paper.
In 2006 for Freshman Composition I, I have 18 writing assignments. One is personal; five are short. Two are research papers.
Itâ€™s interesting that my teaching has kind of come full circle. I hadnâ€™t been assigning journals for years and then, this summer, I started assigning them again.
One thing about the journal assignments in 1990 is that two of them were designed to get the students more involved with the college. It was a live-at college and most of them were far from home for the first time. So they were asked to attend a school event and write about it and to interview someone who had been at the school 20 years ago.