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Alternative Assignments for English

This guide provides ideas for creative assignments for English classes as an alternative to the traditional essay or research paper. These assignments are designed to encourage originality, research, information literary skills, and reflective thinking o

What is an Alternative Assignment?

Course assignments can be traditional or creative. A break from the traditional research paper assignment can make the class more interesting and engaging. Institutions the world over are creating and encouraging alternative assignments to motivate students and provide them with better learning opportunities. Alternative assignments allow students to use multimedia, technology, and other resources for their projects in order to promote student engagement, greater attention to detail, encourage creativity, and embrace challenge. Alternative assignments also help to limit plagiarism which is one of the big concerns today.

Reasons for considering the use of creative writing assignments: