You’re that teacher
Like you, I’m devoted to helping high schoolers prepare for their future. Study after study links WRITING SKILLS to positive outcomes for incoming undergrads.
Experience, Passion, Expertise
Hi, I’m Dr. William Bryant—and I’ve worked extensively with student writing over the past three decades, gaining a deep understanding of the college-ready writing gap and its causes. I’d love to help you and your students thrive!
On this site you’ll find practical tools and resources I’ve developed to assist you in being THE teacher making a difference in the lives of your collegebound teens.
College-Ready Writing Essentials
My “done-for-you” online classroom program—delivered via Canvas LMS. Make your life simpler AND take your classroom to the next level! Addresses the EXACT skills research proves most necessary for student success. Developed for U.S. high schools, colleges, and universities and adopted by the Texas State Board of Education for SY 2020-2028.
Addressing the College-Ready Writing Gap
I’m here to help you be the best educator you can be. How can we continually improve writing instruction for our students? We begin by recognizing what college-ready writing looks like.
The resources below provide extended discussion of the college-ready writing gap and some of the differences between high school and college writing.
College and High School English Teachers Help Us Better Understand College-Ready Writing and How to Close the gap
Too Many Students Are Not Prepared to Succeed in College
OF STUDENTS ENTERING COLLEGE ARE NOT PREPARED
OF STUDENTS ENTERING COLLEGE MUST TAKE REMEDIAL COURSES TO CATCH UP
OF COLLEGE STUDENTS ACTUALLY GRADUATE
COST OF REMEDIATION TO STUDENTS & FAMILIES ANNUALLY
Helping YOU Create a Bridge Between High School and College Writing for Students
Primarily short responses and worksheets: “writing without composing”
Multiple-page source-based compositions: reports, essays, position papers, reviews
Formulaic structures, such as the 5-paragraph essay and 11-sentence paragraph
Structure determined by student author according to needs of their project, formulas are avoided
Students write to standardized topics and prompts
Students discover topics and explore issues that they care about
Students’ cultural identity, background, and experience are off limits in academic writing
Students’ cultural identity, background, and experience are important resources that they bring to their academic writing
Evidence-centered persuasive essays are not emphasized
Evidence-centered persuasive essays are the primary type of writing required
The primary purpose of writing is to demonstrate language skills
The primary purpose of writing is to demonstrate critical thinking skills
For more information about the college-ready writing gap, its causes and solutions, please check out my White Paper.
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College-Ready Writing Essentials
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BetterRhetor offers a free pilot to high school or college classrooms interested in trying out my signature online resource, College-Ready Writing Essentials. College-Ready Writing Essentials is appropriate for English 3 and 4, Dual Credit, AP, Gifted and Talented, College Prep, First-Year Comp, Rhetoric, and any other course or program where students are asked to compose an authentic, extended, research-supported academic essay.
Typical pilot programs run from six weeks to a full semester, depending on your classroom’s scheduling needs. Contact me to discuss your options!
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