WrAssE (the Writing for Assignments e-Library) is a resource for learning about writing at university. It is a collection of real essays, reports and other written assignments with comments by subject staff – and sometimes by students themselves – explaining what makes the writing good.
Functions & Qualities
The comments refer to ‘functions’ and ‘qualities’ of writing. By ‘functions’ we mean what the writing is doing, such as: defining terms, describing a process, explaining or exemplifying a point, arguing or persuading, or drawing conclusions. By ‘qualities’ we mean how the writing achieves this, such as: giving the reader ‘signposts’, using a particular vocabulary, referring to evidence, or adopting a particular style. See the full framework of functions and qualities.
The primary aim of WrAssE is to help students understand what good writing looks like and how to express ideas in ways that are academically appropriate. WrAssE can support learning activities in classes and workshops, or students working independently. WrAssE can also help teaching staff to explore how students approach writing tasks and how they can be helped to do so more effectively.
We strongly encourage you to contribute your own writing and comments to help build the Wrasse database and ensure more visitors find what they are looking for. We have been working on WrAssE at the University of Plymouth for several years now and a great many people have helped in its construction. We would also like to offer a huge public "thank you" to all those staff and students whose work has made it possible – please visit our acknowledgements page.
We have been working on WrAssE at the University of Plymouth for several years now and a great many people have helped in its construction. We would like to offer a huge public ‘thank you’ to all those staff and students whose work has made it possible:please visit our acknowledgments page