Introduction to WAC
Colorado State's WAC Clearinghouse – This is the site for all things WAC, from creating writing assignments to tips on handling the grading.
Writing Across the Curriculum (Manhattan College) — This site offers includes clear guidelines for designing writing assignments in all disciplines, and an excellent narrative guide for responding to student writing.
Crafting Effective Writing Assignments:
Characteristics of Effective Writing Assignment (University of Maryland University College) – This website provides a step-by-step guide to developing writing assignments as integral parts of your course objectives.
Responding to Student Papers Effectively and Efficiently (University of Toronto) – This site provides several examples of writing assignment sheets and guidance on marking up student writing.
Creative Writing Assignments (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
John C. Bean. Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1996. (Available in the Writing Center)
Hacker, Diana. A Writer’s Reference. 5th ed. Boston: Bedford/ St. Martin’s, 2003. (Available in the Writing Center)
Writing In Disciplines
Writing in Mathematics (Franklin and Marshall College) – This site includes sample writing assignments from Professor Annalisa Crannell’s Calculus I and Calculus III classes, along with assessment rubrics.
Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students (Virginia Tech) – These guidelines contain advice, models and exercises for common writing and speaking assignments in engineering and science.
Beall, Herbert, and John Trimbur. A Short Guide to Writing About Chemistry. New York: Harper Collins, 1996. (Available in the Writing Center)
Higham, Nicholas J. Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences. Manchester, England: Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, 1998. (Available in the Writing Center)
Pearsall, Thomas E. The Elements of Technical Writing. 2nd Ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2001. (Available in the Writing Center)
Pechenik, Jan A. A Short Guide to Writing About Biology. 4th Ed. New York: Addison-Wesley, 2001. (Available in the Writing Center)
Porush, David. A Short Guide to Writing About Science. New York: Harper Collins, 1995.
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Zinsser, William. Writing To Learn. New York: Harper and Row, 1988. (Available in the Writing Center)
Georgetown University Honor Council – This site offers an excellent discussion of the specifics of academic citation.
For further information or assistance in developing writing assignments for your classes, contact Wendy Menefee-Libey, director of Learning Programs, at (909) 607-3626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.