Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) is an educational reform movement that gained momentum in the U.S. in the 1970s and has given impetus to a number of curricular innovations. It grew out of the conviction that children are capable of learning in a variety of creative ways, ways that go beyond traditional pedagogical methods of rote and lecture. Writing was seen as a method for encouraging that kind of learning, and a gradually developing body of research supported that idea. This emphasis on writing to learn characterized early WAC efforts.
Composition research during the 1980s pointed out the differences in the ways people write in different disciplines, and in different organizational roles. To many writing teachers and theorists, the importance of discipline-specific communication skills in preparing students for careers became tremendously important.
Research since the mid '70s suggests that in and many instances, writing can facilitate more creative, more active learning of course content. It can also help students learn more about negotiating the social situations in which the content is
This page is still a bit disorganized, but like life, it is under construction. Most of the links included below will be useful to teachers and students studying WAC. Students who are writing in WAC classes will find A Writing Student's Page more helpful.
General Sources of Information
The WAC Page Eastern Washington University's excellent resource for WAC on the Internet. Included are links to WAC programs, links to other sites on the Web that deal with writing, plus connections to sites of interdisciplinary interests. A Point Survey Top 5% educational site!
- CCCC95 Online Statement on Writing Assessment
- Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana
- K-12 Sources - Curriculum - Lesson Plans
- Northern Illinois' WAC Site This site includes an excellent history of WAC as well as the theoretical basis for WAC. Other services and resources for students and teachers are available, including ideas for developing assignments, using journals, and making writing useful in the WAC classroom.
- Pointers and Examples of Writing and Texts Across the Curriculum.
- Samford University's WAC Site This site includes student work, course syllabi, faculty profiles, and rhetoric, linguistics, writing, and research resources students and faculty will find useful.
- Tips for Incorporating Writing Into Your Class
- WWW Sites for Writers and Communicators Links to info about writing in Journalism, Business Writing, Technical Writing, DTP, Web Publishing, and such. An interesting resource for those who are considering publishing as an approach to WAC.
The Writery The newsletter of the Campus Writing Program at UM-Columbia. Offers articles written by faculty, TAs, students, and administrators on writing in all disciplines. The index page has links to resources for writers and teachers, as well as descriptions and guidelines of WI courses on the Columbia campus.
Online Writing Labs