Resources

We all appreciate support as we grow as readers, writers, teachers, and speakers. To this end, we provide the list of resources below to help you enhance your practice, advance your craft, and achieve your goals. Enter a keyword to find a specific resource, or use the dropdown filters to browse by audience, type of resource, or location.

 

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We offer this list of suggestions for teaching critical reading in a digital age not as an exhaustive one but as a place to begin an investigation of and a dialogue about good critical e-reading practices.
Cal Debate helps students develop critical thinking skills and persuasive oral communication techniques.
California Writing Project supports a network of K-college teachers with professional development and leadership designed to improve writing and learning in California schools.
Cambridge Dictionaries Online provides both a definition and a sample sentence for each word you enter in the search window. (You will need a CalNet ID to use this link to access Cambridge Dictionaries Online.)
The Academic Senate Committee on Prizes awards a number of prizes in poetry and prose, including short stories, essays in a variety of subject areas, and other kinds of writing. Some of the prizes are substantial.
The Teaching Library offers a variety of guides that contain useful information about citing sources.
City Light Books, a landmark Beat Generation bookstore, is a worthwhile expedition for any writer interested in the literary history of the Bay Area.
These courses are designed for graduate students across campus who currently teach or who plan to teach writing or writing-intensive courses at the college level. CW 300 introduces graduate students to composition theory and best practices. CW 300P is a practicum offering individualized training, observation, and videotaping.
Paul Brians of Washington State University compiled and updates this opinionated, sometimes picky but helpful list of common errors in English. Useful for both native and nonnative English speakers.
To research your own word usage, visit The Compleat Lexical Tutor site.
Computers and Composition Online, the web journal for the print journal of the same name, offers articles dating back to the journal's founding in 1983.
This grant program provides up to $300 for projects that will enhance student learning and increase the teaching effectiveness of Graduate Student Instructors.
UCB Library staff will arrange for group tours, drop-in classes, and course-integrated introductions to the library, covering conducting research and seeking information in the library and beyond, for individual classes and programs.
The campus offers a minor in creative writing, through the division of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies.
DSP staff recommend academic accommodations--like large-print handouts or extended time for exams--so that students have a chance to learn and demonstrate what they have learned in classes. The program also provides many support services: Auxiliary Services (notetakers, sign language interpreters), disability-related advising, instruction in academic strategies and study skills, and technical support in selecting and adapting computers-assistive technology. They also publish a helpful booklet for faculty, Teaching Students with Disabilities.
This downloadable document provides information on how to help students improve their writing, including a series of "Tip Sheets" on writing for students, which may be duplicated and distributed. The tips are geared specifically for UC Berkeley instructors who assign writing in their courses, but who do not teach writing classes.
The Encyclopedia Britannica site is a fast and easy way to search for encyclopedia entries without a trip to the library, but you have to register and pay to retrieve full-text articles from the site.
Granta is a British quarterly publication of short fiction and essays. Although most of its authors are British, American readers will find plenty here to explore. Each issue has a theme (e.g.,  "The Overheating World," "Celebrity," and "What We Think of America").
The GSI Teaching and Resource Center, located at 301 Sproul Hall, is an academic unit within the Graduate Division that provides pedagogical support and guidance for Graduate Student Instructors. They offer programs such as Orientation Conferences, workshops, and individual consultation that deal with teaching in a range of fields, including the teaching of writing.
Faculty can obtain small amounts of money (up to $1,000) through the Minigrant Program or larger amounts (up to $3,500) through the Classroom Technologies Grants Program for classroom innovations of all kinds, including those related to writing. Contact teaching@berkeley.edu for more information.

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