What This Type of Assignment Looks Like in an Online Class

By Jim Burke

Friday, March 13, 2020: What better day to close schools down and send us all home to begin our new careers––as online teachers. As I made the long drive home that afternoon from Middle College High School, I had no idea how long we would be teaching from home. Instead of seeing the quarantine as an obstacle, I thought of it as an opportunity to examine the different types of writing we assign and how these assignments might (or might not) be adapted to remote teaching for the juniors with whom I spend my days—online, of course.

Throughout the spring semester, my juniors wrote every type of writing assignment from those I explored in detail in The Six Academic Writing Assignments: Designing the User’s Journey. The six assignments most common to all secondary academic classes are: writing to learn short answer writing on demand process paperresearch paper alternative forms