The University Writing Center (UWC)

Directed Learning Activities (DLAs)

The UWC has created a series of Directed Learning Activities (DLAs) writers can use to develop writing skills. There are DLAs that pertain to each stage of the writing process, and there are ones that focus on specific writing skills. The UWC recommends that writers interested in developing specific writing skills complete DLAs while working with writing tutors, as de-contextualized skill-and-drill exercises often do not translate into an individual’s overall ability to write well.
 
These DLAs are available in the UWC, and you can also surf through the rest of our Writer’s Zone for more writing web sites and online exercises.
 
 
Before the Writing Process
 Self as Writer I – NES
 Self as Writer II – NNES
 Self as Writer III – Writer’s Inventory
 Writing Process PowerPoint
 
Prewriting
 Brainstorming
 Clustering
 Freewriting
 Looping
 Journalists’ Questions
 Outlines
 Five Paragraph Essay in 25 Minutes
 Alphabet Exercise & 15min Writing Challenge
 
Writing
 Writing Coherent Paragraphs
 Introduction
 Thesis Statement
 
Rewriting
 Developing Ideas Introduction
 Showing vs. Telling
 Prompts for Showing 1
 Prompts for Showing 2
 Prompts for Showing 3
 
Proofreading/Editing
 Higher Order Concerns (HOCs) and Lower Order Concerns (LOCs)
 Avoid Fragments
 Comma Splices
 Run-Ons
 Concision Exercise
 Five Paragraph Essay Sample