Writing Center Fellow Program


Instructor:      Jaimie Crawford

Email:             jcrawford@nova.edu

Meeting Times: Advisory Tues/Thurs  3rd lunch every Tuesday

Writing Fellow Session Log (please fill out for all sessions)

Writing Fellow Survey

Writing Fellow BLOG

 Mandatory Reading: What Tutoring Is and Thou Shalt Not Pick on Puncts

Course Description

The University School Writing Fellows Program is based on a model initiated at Brown University that is now in place at many campuses across the country, including NSU.  Writing fellows are specialists, providing oral and written feedback on papers to students in a particular upper-division English class. This program extends the writing instruction and support provided by the University School Writing Center to the classroom and involves advanced high school writers in the teaching mission of the school. Writing center fellows will be dedicated peer tutors for an English class they have previously taken, attend this class once a week, collaborate with the instructor and the writing center advisor to plan individualized writing instruction for students, shadow and work with NSU’s writing fellows, and research and present their findings at a national conference.


Course Requirements

·         Full class attendance once a week to the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade course you are assigned as well as attendance to any classes your assigned during your WF period. Absences must be made up (for instance, if a student is absent for an entire week, s/he must attend two days the following week).

·         Weekly meetings with the classroom teacher to discuss writing assignments and expectations (this meeting cannot be held during class but should be scheduled at the same time each week for at least 30 minutes).

·         Presentation of at least two 30-minute lessons per semester on writing instruction (prior approval by Mrs. Crawford and the classroom teacher).

·         Bi-monthly attendance at NSU WC Fellow meetings, lunch (3rd lunch-dates TBA).

·         At least three one-to-one 20-minute tutorial sessions with each student in the class, utilizing the guidelines in What Tutoring Is. Do NOT write on students’ work-written or digital. Simply respond to their work, focusing on 2-3 higher order concerns or traits of writing (voice, idea development, sentence fluency, conventions/grammar, organization, word choice) and helping them to improve their own work. Fill out the Writing Fellow Session Log every time you tutor.

·         A bi-weekly blog post to include: 1) discussion of class writing assignments—instruction and tips (200 words), suggest additional resources (50 words), celebrate student achievement as a group—what writing traits/skills have the students you’ve tutored mastered? What do they still need to work on? What specific advice do you have for them as a group? (100 words). Please do not identify specific students; images, graphs, and links to videos are suggested

·         Collaboration towards a presentation to be given at NCPTW in November    


Grading Break Down

40%-completion grade-submission of WC Fellow log (with teacher/tutee signatures) recording dates of attended classes, tutorials, teacher meetings, NSU meetings

30%-30-minute lessons (rubric will be given)

30%-weekly blogs (rubric will be given)


Acknowledgement of Policy Form









Mrs. Crawford:


I have read, understand and accept the procedures outlined above.



Date:  ____________________




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2.      Student’s Signature:                                             ______________________


3.      Student’s Email Address:                                    ______________________