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Much of the work of Writing Program Administration and scholarship in the field is tied to assessment– and a lot (most?) comp/rhet specialists end up involved in WPA work at some point in their careers.Most composition and rhetoric scholars think this software is a bad idea.I think this is not not true, though I do have three thoughts.For most college students, papers (or essays) are training for white collar careers to learn how to complete required office paperwork.Second, while it is true that robo-grading standardized tests does not help anyone learn how to write, the most visible aspect of writing pedagogy to people who have no expertise in teaching (beyond experience as a student, of course) is not the teaching but the assessment.

Other students have figured out that they could do well writing one really good paragraph and just copying that four times to make a five-paragraph essay that scores well.

Read any of the quite old classics (de Montaigne comes to mind, though I don’t know his work as well as I should) or even the more modern ones (E. White or Joan Didion or the very contemporary David Sedaris) and you get more of a sense of this classic meaning.

Sure, these writers’ essays are organized and have a point, but they wander to them and they are presented (presumably after much revision) as if the writer was discovering their point along with the reader.

As I understand it, software like this can rate/grade the response to a specific essay question– “in what ways did the cinematic techniques of was a good movie?

”– and it is not very good at all at rating/grading pieces of writing with almost no constraints, as in “what’s your favorite movie?

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First, I agree with what my friend and colleague Bill Hart-Davidson writes here about essays, though this is not what most people think “essay” means.

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  1. For example, if you put the main topic in a blue circle, the subtopics in red circles, the supporting details in black circles and commentary in green circles, this can make the outline easier to read when you use it to help you write your paper.