Writing Across the Curriculum is a pedagogical approach based on the beliefs that writing:
- is an critical method of learning,
- should occur throughout students’ academic careers and in all of their courses, and
- is discipline specific. Students should have opportunities to practice writing conventions specific to the various disciplines.
Why should I incorporate more writing in my classes?
- Writing can deepen students’ thinking and engagement with course material.
- Reading students’ writing helps instructors get to know their students better on a personal level.
- Reading students’ writing offers a view into students’ ideas and areas of confusion, including students who don’t normally participate in class discussions.
- Writing asks students to organize their thoughts, evaluate ideas, elaborate their points (among other tasks) and these are skills that need to be practiced regularly in order to be maintained.
 Adapted from Brad Hughes, L&S Program in Writing Across the Curriculum – UW at Madison. Materials found at: http://mendota.english.wisc.edu/~WAC/page.jsp?id=60&c_type=category&c_id=57