Welcome to Intro to Writing in the University!

Welcome to FWS: Intro to Writing in the University (WRIT 1340 for short)! I’m Jason and I’m looking forward to working together this semester. Today we are getting to know each other, reviewing the syllabus, getting acquainted with one of the spaces we will be using this semester, and preparing for our work for next class.


As you may have noticed, I use the this site to blog my lessons (which I call The Daily Plan) and share them with you. These also serve as a space for documenting our work and clarifying homework assignments. They are organized by categories and tags and searchable (look to the right). Today I’ll start by telling you a bit about myself and why I designed this course to focus on fake news and this phenomenon writers call post-truth. We also need to:

  • Get to know each other (via digital bingo)
  • Go over schedules for conferences
  • Get a sense of your digital literacies, available tools, and goals this summer


  1. What should we call you? (What do you go by in learning-based community settings?)
  2. What gender pronoun should we use when we refer to you? (He/She/Ze/They, etc.) Feel free to explain more if you like.
  3. Where are you from and how would you describe your learning experiences there in the classroom and out?
  4. Do you have a laptop or tablet you can bring to every class? If not, do you know how to access computers outside of class?
  5. With 5 being very familiar and 1 being not familiar at all, rate your comfort with the following platforms: Microsoft Word, Google Drive, Google Docs, WordPress
  6. Are there any concerns you’d like me to be aware of (commitments, accommodations, or extraordinary challenges, for example)?
  7. What is one writing-related skill you want to improve before the fall semester begins?

Fake news game

  1. Link to Kahoot!
  2. How did you decide?
  3. Web Literacy for Student Fact-checkers (our textbook for Unit 1)
  4. Examples

Homework for class tomorrow