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SCPS Writing Guide

This guide contains resources, tips, and samples to help you become a better writer.
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Writing Assignment Examples
Writing samples are available for a variety of classes such as Advanced Elective papers, Advanced Projects, Externship Journals, Independent Learning Pursuits, Research Seminar Proposals as well as Writing Showcase winners. Graduate Program examples are also available.

How to Write a Paper
Most writers cycle through the stages of inventing, organizing, drafting, revising and editing as they write. Writers should understand the value of these stages, how and when to move between them, and what tools to use when stuck at any stage. Additional resources are available to assist you on how to write your paper.

Showcase Your Writing
The SCPS Writing Program sponsors annual events for writers to engage in and showcase their work, including Writing Showcase.

The Writing Showcase celebrates the outstanding writing of SCPS graduate and undergraduate students. If you received an A on a paper or glowing feedback on an ILP fill out an application and submit your work to SCPSwriting@depaul.edu (Deadline: April 1). You may submit up to three poems, stories, essays, reports, ILPs, Capstones, Advanced Projects, Applied Inquiry Projects, Integrating Projects, or e-Portfolios. Share your accomplishment and inspire others. Excellent submissions are recognized at the annual SCPS Spring Awards Reception.

SCPS Writing Boot Camp
The SCPS Writing Boot Camp program is designed for undergraduate or graduate SCPS students who have a writing project (assignments, ILPs, APs, Captstones, AIPs, etc.) they wish to complete. SCPS Faculty work one-on-one with students during these sessions. It is also an opportunity for students who have an incomplete grade to get support in finishing their work.

How to Write a Paper

My teacher just assigned a paper, what should I do?
Most writers cycle through the stages of inventing, organizing, drafting, revising and editing as they write. Writers should understand the value of these stages, how and when to move between them, and what tools to use when stuck at any stage.

Writing Assignment Examples

See samples and examples of Advanced Elective papers, Advanced Projects, Externship Journals, Independent Learning Pursuits, Research Seminar Proposals and Writing Showcase winners. See also Graduate Program examples.​

Writing Help

Get help through tutoring, in grammar, ESL issues, paper writing, with using sources and avoiding plagiarism and online dictionaries, encyclopedias and textbooks.  Contact us here​.

Showcase Your Writing

The SCPS Writing Program sponsors annual events for writers to engage in and showcase their work, including Writing Showcase.

The Writing Showcase celebrates the outstanding writing of SCPS graduate and undergraduate students. If you received an A on a paper or glowing feedback on an ILP fill out an application and submit your work to SCPSwriting@depaul.edu (Deadline: April 1). You may submit up to three poems, stories, essays, reports, ILPs, Capstones, Advanced Projects, Applied Inquiry Projects, Integrating Projects, or e-Portfolios. Share your accomplishment and inspire others. Excellent submissions are recognized at the annual SCPS Spring Awards Reception.​

SCPS Writing Boot Camps

The SCPS Writing Boot Camp program is designed for undergraduate or graduate SCPS students who have a writing project (assignments, ILPs, APs, Captstones, AIPs, etc.) they wish to complete. SCPS Faculty work one-on-one with students during these sessions. It is also an opportunity for students who have an incomplete grade to get support in finishing their work.

Watch LaTrice Jones, an SCPS student, discuss her experience with SCPS Writing Boot Camps.

Remember to check for updates to the schedule. To register for a Boot Camp session, contact SCPSwriting@depaul.edu.

Spring 2019
Thursday, May 9 5:30pm-9:00pm

Lewis, 25 E. Jackson, Lab 105

Saturday, May 18 9:00am-1:00pm

14 E. Jackson, Lab 1325

 
Thursday, May 23 5:30pm-9:00pm

Lewis, 25 E. Jackson, Lab 105

Saturday, June 1 9:00am-1:00pm

14 E. Jackson, Lab 1325

Summer 2019
Saturday, August 10 9:00am-1:00pm

Location, TBA

SCPS Paper Rubric

An excellent essay will:

A strong essay will:

A satisfactory essay will:

A weak essay will do one or more of the following:

A poor essay will do any one of the following:

SCPS Writing Values and Goals

The SCPS Writing Program embraces the values of life-long, reflective, student-centered, integrated and experience-based learning. The goals of the Writing Program follow from these values.

Life-Long and Reflective:

  • To provide just-in-time support to students and faculty for continuous improvement of writing at SCPS.
  • To teach students to be self-reflective writers who will continue to improve as writers beyond SCPS.
  • To continuously renew our pedagogy by learning from others and reflecting upon our own practice.

Student Centered:

  • To meet students where they are and help them attain the goals they have set for themselves.
  • To assign writing projects that arise from and are shaped by students’ interests.
  • To teach students to assess and address their own writing needs.
  • To privilege writing instruction that is learner-centric.

Integrated into the SCPS Curriculum:

  • To deliver writing instruction that helps students succeed in the unique context of SCPS while also building their skills for success in their writing efforts outside of and after SCPS.
  • To integrate writing into the teaching of all competences in ways that enhance learning.

Experience Based:

  • To promote writing as a means of reflecting upon, making meaning of, and communicating experience.
  • To value students’ various literacies, while helping students know how and when to move between these literacies.
  • To value experience-based writing, while teaching students how to use writing to describe, reflect upon, analyze, and situate their experience in academic discourse when necessary.