Writing in the Disciplines & Across the Curriculum

OVERVIEW

Whether you're teaching a writing course, a writing-intensive course, or just want to integrate more writing into a non-writing course, this page will provide you with resources for incorporating writing into your courses in a variety of academic disciplines.

Also see: Integrating Writing into Your Course for general resources related to incorporating writing into non-writing courses and Resources for Writers - Writing in the Disciplines & Across the Curriculum for resources aimed at helping students develop as writers in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences.

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GENERAL RESOURCES

Genre Across the Disciplines Part 1 (University of Hawai`i at Manoa Center for Teaching Excellence)
Posted on YouTube: April 22, 2009 | length: 10:01
"Oftentimes the genre in which you are trained to write is the genre in which you think. Are students aware of Genre? How do they process disciplinary differences? What affect does this have on their learning? How might genre teaching be improved? Includes: Faculty Panel - Undergraduate Panel - Plenary/Discussion."
NOTE: There are ten 10-minute segments associated with this presentation. All are available on YouTube.

An Introduction to Writing Across the Curriculum (The WAC Clearinghouse)
A down-to-earth list of frequently asked questions about WAC, from "Why include writing in my courses?" to "How can I avoid getting lousy student papers?"

Writing Across the Curriculum: An Introduction (OWL at Purdue)
"Provides an introduction to writing across the curriculum and writing in the disciplines, a list of links to WAC/WID programs, and a selected bibliography for further reading."

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BUSINESS

On Writing in Business and Management (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Writing - Teaching with Writing)

Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.

On Writing in Economics (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Writing - Teaching with Writing)

Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.

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HUMANITIES

Evaluating Student Writing: Assessment, Feedback, and Grades (Univ. of Washington, History TA Website, Prepared by Emily Goodeve and Nicholas Grossenbach)

An annotated bibliography on evaluating student writing compiled by TAs at the University of Washington.

Handout - Thesis Statements: History (UCLA Office of Instructional Development, Teach 2 Write: A Guide for Teaching Writing)

A handout on developing thesis statements for writing in history is provided as a link in Rich Text Format (.rtf) on this webpage.

History and the Writing Process: Summary & Description vs. Analysis & Argument (UCLA Office of Instructional Development, Teach 2 Write: A Guide for Teaching Writing)

A handout that demonstrates the difference between summary/description and analysis/argument intended to help students write history papers.

On Writing in History (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Writing - Teaching with Writing)

Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.

On Writing in Journalism and Mass Communication (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Writing - Teaching with Writing)

Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.

On Writing in Music (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Writing - Teaching with Writing)

Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.

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SOCIAL SCIENCES

Anthropology and the Writing Process: Summary & Description vs. Analysis & Argument (UCLA Office of Instructional Development, Teach 2 Write: A Guide for Teaching Writing) A handout that explains and gives examples of the differences between summarizing, describing, analyzing, and arguing.

Handout - Thesis Statements: Anthropology (UCLA Office of Instructional Development, Teach 2 Write: A Guide for Teaching Writing)

The handout on developing thesis statements for writing in anthropology is provided as a link in Rich Text Format (.rtf) on this webpage.

On Writing in Geography (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Writing - Teaching with Writing)

Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.

On Writing in Political Science (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Writing - Teaching with Writing)

Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.

On Writing in Sociology (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Writing - Teaching with Writing)

Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.

Faculty Resources - Writing in Psychology (UConn Writing Center)

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SCIENCES

Faculty Resources - Writing in Biology (UConn Writing Center)

"Writing for scientific purposes can be challenging and usually requires both discipline-specific study and lots of practice. Here you will find models of scientific writing, suggestions for how to read and review primary literature, and explanations of several conventions of scientific writing."

On Writing in Biological Sciences (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Writing - Teaching with Writing)

Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.

On Writing in Engineering (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Writing - Teaching with Writing)

Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.

On Writing in Mathematics (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Writing - Teaching with Writing)

Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.

On Writing in Physical Sciences (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Writing - Teaching with Writing)

Includes sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample responding activities and handouts, sample grading rubrics, sample research strategies, and additional writing resources for students in this discipline.

Teaching Writing as Part of Arts and Science Courses: Lessons from Experience (Univ. of Toronto Writing)

"The in-course writing initiatives sponsored from 1999 to 2001 by the Arts and Science Committee on Writing have provided several insights into efficient and effective ways of delivering practice and instruction in writing within existing departmental courses, and also some warnings about what not to do. The points below derive from studies of student, TA and faculty experiences. We looked at student samples and at data from surveys and focus-group discussions, and sought out ideas from course instructors and TAs. We now offer some advice for consideration by faculty members who already include writing assignments within their courses, and who may not have ideal levels of TA support or other resources for doing so."

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