Directed Learning Activities

A directed learning activity (DLA) is a set of exercises a student completes in order to improve a specific writing skill. DLAs are great because they cut to the chase of the issue you want to work on; there's nothing in a DLA unrelated to what you want to improve.

*Online access to DLAs has been temporarily suspended in order to update them for ADA compliance. Copies of DLAs are still available in the Writing Center (26B-1561).  We apologize for any inconvenience.


Current list of DLAs, organized by category


DLA titles

Supplementary links

* Analytical v. Persuasive Thesis Statements DLA (temporarily unavailable online)


* Apostrophes & Possessives DLA (temporarily unavailable online)


* Conclusions DLA (temporarily unavailable online)

Sticks and Stones and Not Too Rich/Thin

* Integrating Sources DLA (temporarily unavailable online)

Psychology Today Article


* Introductions DLA (temporarily unavailable online)

Introductory Paragraph Handout

* Outlining the Essay DLA (temporarily unavailable online)

Weight Lifting 101


*Plagiarism DLA (temporarily unavailable online)


* Pronoun Agreement DLA (temporarily unavailable online)


*Reverse Outlining (temporarily unavailable online)

Maybe You Shouldn't

The World of Photography

* Summary Skills for Academic Writing DLA (temporarily unavailable online)

Six Tips for a Healthy Spring Break

Thesis DLA * (unavailable online)

Thesis Statement PowerPoint

* DLAs marked with an asterisk (*) can be tutored online. Please make sure that if you would like to meet with a tutor online that you complete your work on the DLA Word document before the tutoring session begins. For help making an online DLA appointment, please click here or call (909) 274-5325.