Morgan McDougall


Ms. Morgan McDougall

Position: Teaching Associate
Address: 311C East Hall

In this day and age, we are constantly surrounded by writing. Text messaging, email and other modes of communication are used more than ever before.  As a teacher of writing, I do not only focus on teaching my students to write what are considered “academic papers.” Rather, when teaching writing, I am guiding and preparing my students to use various types of writing effectively in their future endeavors and careers.  One of the main goals that I have set for the course is that, after successful completion, my students will be able to successfully compose various types of writing at the college-level.  This essentially means that students will improve upon their grammar, discover their own rhetorical style, and understand the formatting necessary for composing these various texts. To accomplish these marks, my students participate in workshop activities throughout the course of the semester, in various parts of the writing process.

A typical day in the classroom begins with a directed free-writing activity.  This low-stakes assignment gives students the opportunity to begin thinking about, and putting into words, the ideas we will be working with during the class time.  Following the free-writing is a short lesson. The ideas from the lesson are then explored in small groups by the students in some sort of guided activity. This technique caters to multiple learning styles and creates a comfortable classroom environment, where students collaborate with one another on a daily basis.

Collaboration and revision are encouraged throughout each part of the writing process.  I believe that anyone can learn to write, and anyone can be successful with their writing.  Revision is an essential piece of learning to write, as students can learn from their mistakes, and learn to build upon their ideas.  Being a successful writer is something that anyone can achieve with practice.