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Writing Across the Curriculum Texts for Teachers

This list was originally shared on the POD Listserv and is archived here. It is meant to be the beginning of resources for those interested in pedagogical approaches to including writing in classes across disciplines. Also included here are resources for students. The list is organized by discipline, although general resources may be found at the beginning of this list.


General

Emig, Janet. "Writing as a Mode of Learning." The Writing Teacher's Source Book. 2nd ed. Ed. Gary Tate and Edward P.J. Corbett. New York: Oxford UP , 1988. 85-93.

Zinsser, William. Writing To Learn. New York: Harper and Row, 1988.

Sommers, Nancy. Responding to Student Writers. Boston: Bedford St. Martin’s Press, 2013. Part of Bedford’s professional development series, faculty can order a free copy from their Bedford representative.

Writing in the Disciplines

University of Richmond’s Writer’s Web: Writing in the Disciplines. This is a resource for students. http://writing2.richmond.edu/WRITING/wweb/disciplines.html

Carter, Michael. “Ways of Knowing, Doing, and Writing in the Disciplines.” CCC 58.3: Feb 2007), 385-418. http://www.ceball.com/classes/402/fall09/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/CO0583Ways.pdf

Cullick, Johnathan S. and Terry Myers Zawacki. Writing in the Disciplines: Advice and Models. NY: Bedford St. Martin’s, 2011. A textbook for students that provides instruction and models for writing in biology, business, criminal justice and criminology, education, engineering, history, music, nursing, and biology. Instructors can request a free copy from their Bedford representative.

Writing in the Disciplines (Springfield College) Definition and discussion. A brief discussion of writing in the disciplines, how to combine it with writing to learn activities, and some discussion about how to grade papers. http://www.spfldcol.edu/homepage/dept.nsf/BC81220B343BE6788525738E005FDA74/0542C75BA2C13F2B8525739800741F93

Writing across the Curriculum

Lutzker, Marilyn. Research Projects for College Students: What to Write Across the Curriculum. NY: Greenwood P, 1988.

Bean, John. Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2001.

Vernon, Laura. What Every Student Should Know about…Writing Across the Curriculum. NY: Pearson/Longman Publishers, 2008. A text for students that includes advice and models of summaries, lab reports, policy/position papers, analysis, letters and memos. Faculty may order desk copies through their Pearson representative.

Science

Moore, Randy. "Does Writing About Science Improve Learning About Science?" Journal of College Science Teaching. 12.4 (Feb 1993): 212-217.

Lots of links to writing ideas and assessment of writing for the sciences http://www.iub.edu/~cwp/lib/wacsci.shtml

Engineering

Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students, resources for teachers and students. http://www.writing.engr.psu.edu/

Biology

George Mason University’s Guide to Writing in Biology including how to write summaries, scientific papers, and other items. http://classweb.gmu.edu/biologyresources/writingguide/index.htm

Micheli, Ana and Patricia Iglesia. “Writing to Learn Biology.” A discussion of writing in biology with a report about the results http://wac.colostate.edu/books/wpww/chapter3.pdf

Brenson, Sarah and Glenda S. Carter. "Changing Assessment Practices in Science and Mathematics." School Science and Mathematics. 95.4 (April 1995) 182 - 186.

Gratz, Ronald K. "Improving Lab Report Quality by Model Anaylsis, Peer Review, and Revision." Journal of College Science Teaching. 19.5 (Mar/Apr 1990): 292 - 295.

Chemistry

Goodman, Daniel and John Bean. "Chemistry Laboratory Project to Develop Thinking and Writing Skills." Journal of Chemical Education 60.6 (June 1983): 483 - 485.

Klein, Bill and Besty M. Aller. "Writing Across the Curriculum in College Chemistry: A Practical Bibliography." Language and Learning Across the Disciplines. 2.3 (1998): 25-35.

Steiner, Richard. "Chemistry and the Written Word." Journal of Chemical Education. 59.12 (Dec 1982): 1044.

Mathematics

Erikson, Martin. “How to Write Mathematics.” A guide to writing mathematical arguments http://erickson.sites.truman.edu/files/2012/04/guide1.pdf

A site dedicated to teaching others how to use writing in mathematics classes. The site looks as if it is aimed toward K-12 teachers, but has great ideas about how to incorporate writing in mathematics classes that can be adapted to college, too. The site also has other resources. http://mathwire.com/writing/writing1.html

Crannell, Analisa. “A Guide to Writing in Mathematics Classes” Includes a justification for why students should write in math class as well as a guide about what to include in longer papers about math. https://edisk.fandm.edu/annalisa.crannell/writing_in_math/guide.html

Writing in Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science classes (for students): http://www.marquette.edu/wac/departmental/MarquetteUniversityWritinginMSCSClasses.shtml

Physics

University of Toronto guide for students and graders: http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/specific-types-of-writing/physics

Business

A homepage with a variety of helpful links: http://www.abacon.com/compsite/subjects/business.html

Arts

Philosophy

Guidelines for writing a philosophy paper: http://www.jimpryor.net/teaching/guidelines/writing.html

Psychology

An online article by David Zehr that discuses writing in psychology classes and offers specific ways to integrate writing in psychology classes. http://wac.colostate.edu/journal/vol9/zehr.pdf

History

Tips for writing history papers Boston University: http://www.bc.edu/schools/cas/history/resources/tips.html

Geography

Michael Libbee & Dennis Young. “Teaching Writing in Geography Classes.” Journal of Geography. Volume 82, Issue 1, 1983. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00221348308980757#preview

Political Science

Writing in Political Science: A Guide for students: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00221348308980757#preview

Sample writing assignments: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=9&ved=0CFwQFjAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jjay.cuny.edu%2FDevelopingWritingAssignments.docx&ei=tjd3UMuZHKTL2QWKtIGwDQ&usg=AFQjCNH3H74ryRuhrQ6QoRHF3bA0GrUN8Q

Economics

Writing in Economics Classes Includes a discussion about the types of assignments, qualities of writing in economics, a discussion of evidence, citation formats, and advice for the undergraduate student. http://www.marquette.edu/wac/departmental/MarquetteUniversityWritinginEconomicsCourses2.shtml

Gregor, John. “Writing to Learn Economics.” An article that includes justification for writing in economics as well as sample assignments. http://wac.colostate.edu/journal/vol1/gregor.pdf

Music

Incorporate writing assignments into music classes You Tube (10 Minutes): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrqC36-Gp4k

Religious Studies

A Guide to Writing in Religious Studies (Harvard University) Includes discussions about the writing process, using and interpreting evidence, anticipating and refuting counterarguments, and a checklist, among other things. http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic649702.files/Religious_Studies.pdf

Dennis A. Wright, “Using Writing to Enhance Learning in Religious Education: Practical Ideas for Classroom Use,” in Religious Educator 3, no. 3 (2002): 115–121. http://rsc.byu.edu/archived/Volume%203%20Number%203,%202002/using-writing-enhance-learning-religious-education-practical-ideas-

Literacy in religious-based education: for school-based use of self-education http://www.teachfind.com/national-strategies/literacy-religious-education-school-based-use-or-self-study

Bibliography

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Online Resources

Strategies to improve student writing - The IDEA Center Publications


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