35 minutes

Learning outcomes

  • Practice peer tutoring strategies within a specific scenario
  • Provide oral and/or written feedback tailored to a specific situation

Assignment Description

  1. Work with a partner to roleplay a writing center consultation. You will be the client, and your partner will be the consultant.
  2. Select any narrative from the archive to discuss. (1 minute)
  3. Select any one of the following scenarios and use it as the context for your conversation. (1 minute)
    1. This narrative is for a graduate school application, and the client is worried that it might not be unique or interesting enough for the admissions committee.
    2. This narrative was written for an introductory composition class, and the instructor already gave the piece a B+ with the option to revise. The instructor mentioned that the main areas that need some work include plot, metaphor, and imagery.
    3. This narrative is only one part of a longer work that remains to be written, probably a book. The client needs to brainstorm other ideas for topics or stories that would appear as essays or chapters that would go well with this one.
  4. Once the scenario is selected, the “consultant” should treat this like any consultation, providing feedback that addresses the needs expressed by the client. (20-25 minutes)
  5. Following the roleplayed session, allow participants to share their observations about the session, whether with each other or with the group. They need to talk about what they learned and how they might apply it in the future (6-8 minutes)
  6. The following week, have the participants switch roles and scenarios. (recommended, but optional)