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Weekend Workshops

Teaching the Academic Paper

December 7 – December 9, 2012

This workshop extends and deepens a conversation begun at the Institute’s April 2006 conference, “Great Expectations: Re-visioning the Academic Paper.” At that conference, an interdisciplinary group of secondary and college teachers identified good writing in different academic disciplines, and explored how best to teach thoughtful writing, in specific fields and across the board. While we can all recognize good academic writing, especially in our own disciplines, it is more difficult to establish reasonable and professionally responsible standards for students’ academic papers. This workshop helps to bridge that gap. Because teachers can learn from each other across disciplines, we especially invite secondary and college teachers from all academic fields to participate. The workshop redefines academic writing and offers methods for teaching students how to use sources, pose key questions, and make personal connections to the topic or text. The workshop consists of reading academic papers, writing in response to sources (texts, data, images) in our own disciplines, and sharing ideas about what high school and college students need to learn.  

5:30 p.m. Friday - 12:30 p.m. Sunday 

$650, which includes tuition, meals (excluding Saturday dinner), and anthology of texts. It does not include housing. Upon registration, participants receive a list of local area accommodations. The Holiday Inn in Kingston, New York (845-338-0400), offers rooms at a discount for those reserving at least two weeks in advance.  

Graduate Credit: Through Bard's Master of Arts in Teaching Program, workshop participants may earn one graduate credit for each weekend workshop; participants must, in addition to completing the workshop, write and submit a detailed report and a lesson plan on using writing in the classroom. Click for more information.