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Further Reading & Resources on Writing Effective Assignment Prompts

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Brossell, Gordon C, and Barbara Hoetker Ash. "An Experiment with the Wording of Essay Topics." CCC 35 (December 1984): 423-25.

Gardner, Traci.  Designing Writing Assignments. NCTE, 2008.

---. "Ten Tips for Designing Writing Assignments."  NCTE Web March 27, 2001. Re-Posted on Traci's Lists of Ten.  June 12, 2005.

Harris, Mickey & Mary Alm. "Sure fire tips leading to bad writing assignments."  Purdue Writing Lab.

Hoetker, James, and Gordon Brossell. "The Effects of Systematic Variations in Essay Topics on the Writing Performance of College Freshmen." CCC 40.4 (1989): 414-421.

Murphy, Sandy and Leo Ruth. Designing Writing Tasks for the Assessment of Writing. Ablex Publishing, 1988.

Ruth, Leo, and Sandra Murphy. "Designing Topics for Writing Assessments: Problems of Meaning." CCC 35 (December 1984): 410-42.

White, Edward M.  Assigning, Responding, Evaluating: A Writing Teacher's Guide.  Bedford, 2006.