College Writing

No matter how difficult high school writing may seem, college writing presents challenges of its own. The fourth in a series of 24 handouts from The Writing Center at UNC breaks down the expectations for college writing. Scholars learn to break out of the five-paragraph theme many high schools teach and discover actionable tips to improve their college papers.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use a model five-paragraph essay to demonstrate the problems outlined in the handout
  • Assign a topic and use the brainstorming techniques in the handout to come up with ideas for the paper
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes knowledge of the five-paragraph format
  • Includes hyperlinks to resources used to create the handout to explore the topic further
  • Offers headers, bullet points, and other text features to make the handout easy to skim and scan
  • Focuses solely on one aspect of high school versus college writing and misses other essential components