Examples of an "A" Paper
Undergraduates wondering what I consider a superior paper can view four examples. These files include my original comments as well as additional remarks explaining why each essay deserved an "A."
The best way to improve one's writing is to practice. Students wishing to improve their grades may rewrite a paper, but to gain credit they must substantially rework the original essay. Improvement often comes slowly, with grades usually improving by half-step or two, since revising a paper may call for many changes, and it is often better to concentrate on one improvement at a time. Occasionally, however, a student may make major improvements; note the differences between the original essay, written for Religious Studies 600, and the revision.
The Fifty-Word Sentence
50-word sentences help students write more concisely. You may view some outstanding examples that make points forcefully and succinctly, as well as an unsolicited testimonial from a former student. For a fuller discussion, read "The 50-Word Assignment," or post a comment on the UW-Madison Teaching Academy's Teaching and Learning Excellence site.
UW-Madison "Writing Across the Curriculum" Program
The Writing Center, 6171 H. C. White Hall, provides individual writing instruction, runs workshops on a variety of subjects (such as writing examination essays), and offers written aids through the Writer's Handbook. To schedule an appointment, stop by in person or call 263-1992. Students may also contact the Center via email. Writing Across the Curriculum helps instructors improve the writing component in their courses.