Leeds University Library

Writing (lecturers)


Teaching resources to help you to develop your students' skills. You can adapt these materials to suit your own needs; see the link below for more details about acknowledging Skills@Library.

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Workshops: lesson plans, slides and handouts

We have provided a PowerPoint presentation, lesson plan and activities for some of our writing sessions below:

The 'Planning and preparing your essay' workshop provides a general introduction to the early stages of essay writing. It helps students to think about the essay title and how they are going to approach their answer.

Our 'Writing a literature review' workshop provides students with an overview of how to write the literature review for their undergraduate dissertation.


Individual face-to-face activities

Understanding assessment criteria (DOC)
A card-sort exercise designed to give students a better understanding of assessment criteria.

Generating ideas (DOC)
Encourage students to work collaboratively and collect ideas and thoughts about how they would respond to an essay question.


Online activities for independent or blended learning

The Writing skills tutorial is designed to help students identify strengths and weaknesses through a range of interactive activities.

At the end of the tutorial, students are directed to more specific resources on the writing skills student page.

Supporting resources: books, journals and websites

The LearnHigher video resources on notemaking and report writing include information that relates to writing skills.

They include workshops, ice-breakers, classroom activities and FAQs that you may like to build into your teaching, plus tips on running the workshops.