Leanne C. Powner
Teaching and Course Materials
This page contains materials to support any type of political science course, as well as documents about writing in political science. Some are about specific writing assignments; they may be useful to others as templates, models, or inspiration. If you would like any of these documents, particularly rubrics or assignments, in MS Word format, please email me.
NEWLY REVISED! Reading and Understanding Political Science – 18 page packet with activities. One of the most frequently downloaded documents.
Instructor Guide to accompany Reading and Understanding Political Science. New with the 2007 revision!
Introduction to Statistics - PowerPoint presentation, using the "3 S's" framework (see Instructor Guide). New with the 2007 revision!
Article Helper series—goes with Reading and Understanding. Provides a framework for notetaking from published articles. Prompt pages include suggestions for what information to include in each section. MS Word (*.doc) format.
Helper with prompts
Calculating Your Term Grade - MS Word document for easy instructor editing for own class purposes.
Maximizing Your Grade on Blue-Book Exams - demystifying the art of essay exams.
Hook, Line, and Sinker -writing effective papers in political science
General Tips on Common Errors - frequent grammar and usage errors, plus tips on eliminating passive voice and other disruptive structures.
Nerd Words - help students become aware of our all too common tendency to use fancy words to make long, confusing sentences. How many have you used today?
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Site designed and maintained by Leanne Powner, LPowner@umich.edu. Last updated 16 August 2007.