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Faculty and Staff Resources


Writing Across the Curriculum

Faculty and Staff Resources

Some Key WAC Best Practices for Instructors:

·Assigning and responding effectively to informal or short (minimally graded) pieces of writing that help students do the formal, revised, major writing projects of the course

·Assigning and responding effectively to informal or short (minimally) graded) pieces of writing that help students learn course content

·Giving well-designed directions for writing assignments

·Giving students clear explanations of learning goals for writing assignments

·Developing and giving evaluation criteria for writing assignments

·Giving effective written and/or oral feedback on drafts of writing projects

·Encouraging students to seek appropriate assistance outside the classroom (such as from the campus Writing Center)

·Assessing one's practices and making adjustments accordingly

Web Pages and Other Sources of Information about WAC and WAC Best Practices:


Introductory Information:

An Introduction to Writing across the Curriculum" from the WAC Clearinghouse websiteThis link points to an external webpage and will open in a new browser window or tab.

Integrating Writing into Any Course: Starting Points" by Kate KieferThis link points to an external webpage and will open in a new browser window or tab.

4,100 Students Prove 'Small Is Better' Rule Wrong" by Sam Dillon (September 27, 2010 NY Times article on the huge impact of writing across the curriculum on a "failing" high school)This link points to an external webpage and will open in a new browser window or tab.

UW-Superior Library LibGuide on Writing across the Curriculum

Responding to Student Writing:

Richard Haswell's classic article "Minimal Marking"This link points to an external webpage and will open in a new browser window or tab.
M. A. Syverson's "Minimal Marking: A Sane Method for Dealing with Errors"This link points to an external webpage and will open in a new browser window or tab.
"Responding to Student Writing"This link points to an external webpage and will open in a new browser window or tab.

 A Web Page from Grinnell College on Research Assignments (alternatives to the long research paper): 

http://www.grinnell.edu/about/offices-services/library/research/sample-assignments

Writing in the Disciplines:

Books available in the Writing Center on use of student writing in various disciplines, including business, math, social sciences, sciences, fine arts, and moreThis document requires Acrobat Reader to open.

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How Can Writing Help Students Learn Content (from MIT)


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