Actually, my students’ final papers this spring have been pretty great overall. There’s the usual few who try to cite Wikipedia as a source and copy paragraphs out of the textbook, but most of them have done good solid work and some of them have even taught me something new.


Short writing assignments are a great way to gauge your students’ understanding of the course topics, provide constructive feedback, and make you wonder why you ever went into a career in teaching, all at the same time!