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Interpolations is a journal of academic writing from the University of Maryland. Annually, they publish essays  highlighting exemplary rhetorical work University of Maryland students produce when taking English 101: Academic Writing.

One of the purposes of an academic community is to facilitate the exchange of ideas among its members. This journal provides a place to foster students’ voices in the University of Maryland’s vibrant academic conversations. In each issue, student writers read and analyze, inquire and argue, and bring academic insights to bear on exigent civic issues.

Explore Interpolations Issues

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Fall 2020

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Building on UMD campus

Fall 2013/Spring 2014

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The mall on UMD campus

Spring 2012

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Jim Henson Statue and kermit.

Spring 2011

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Sunset on umd campus

Spring 2010

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Fall trees on campus

Spring 2009

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Essay Assignments

Explore the different types of essay assignments below.

Experience as Evidence

For this paper students consider a personal experience and how that experience relates to the idea of civic engagement. They must develop an argument of inquiry that asks their audience to think about the questions they are posing, and to try to persuade their audience that the inquiry and the way the author is pursuing it is worthwhile.

Experience and Other Evidence

This paper builds on the first assignment as students consider how some element of their experience relates to a broader situation, issue, or controversy. Students combine their personal insights on the issue with evidence from research in order to develop an argument meant to persuade readers of a particular position.

Considering Another Side Essays

This assignment recognizes the importance of understanding the ideas of those who hold a position different than your own, in order to more fully comprehend an issue and to be able to refute opposing positions with assurance. In this paper, students take up the ideas and arguments of those holding alternative positions to their own, arguing as if they are on "another side."

Final Research Essays

In this paper students will make an argument using insights that they develop from their research and familiarity with the subject and discipline. This assignment requires that they understand a topic in depth, be able to offer background on what is at issue in the topic, put the topic and issues in context, and both support their own position and take other positions into account, either by refuting, conceding, or bridging those arguments.


Catherine Bayly, Editor-in-Chief

Scott Eklund, Managing Editor

Interpolations Submissions

The journal welcomes coursework from your current or former Academic Writing class at the University of Maryland. Follow the link below to submit.

If you are interested in learning more, send us your questions.