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WAC Program Newsletter

Published once a semester, the Teaching with Writing Across the Curriculum newsletter (formerly Writing @ Center) features articles describing "best practices" in courses across the university; tips on teaching with writing; discussions of issues related to responding to, evaluating, and assessing student writing; tutors' observations on sessions with their University Writing Center clients; and summaries of brown bag discussions on WAC topics.

Current issue available: Fall 2011. This issue focuses on supporting student writers and recognizing their accomplishments in and across the disciplines.

The WAC Newsletter is in the process of being redesigned so please bear with us as we strive to archive issues.  Check back for more great articles about teaching with writing.

Below you can find an archive of past issues, which you can choose to browse by either date or topic:

Spring/Summer 2011 ISSUE (Online)

Fall 2010 ISSUE (Online)

Spring 2010 ISSUE (Online)

FALL 2009 ISSUE (Online)

SPRING 2009 ISSUE (Online)

 

FALL 2008 ISSUE (Online, or as a PDF)

SPRING 2008 ISSUE (Online, or as a PDF)

FALL 2007 ISSUE (Online, or as a PDF)

SPRING 2007 ISSUE (Online, or as a PDF)

FALL 2006 ISSUE (Online, or as a PDF)

SPRING 2006 ISSUE (Online, or as a PDF)

FALL 2005 ISSUE (Online, or as a PDF)

SPRING 2005 ISSUE (Online, or as a PDF)

FALL 2004 ISSUE (PDF only)

  • Are We Helping Students Think Critically? Ways to Evaluate Assignments and Assess Students' Responses
  • How to Help Students Give Effective Peer Response
  • Students Writers Make Good Student Readers: Guidelines for Helping Students Form Writing Groups
  • Grammar Corner: Passive v. Active: The Jury Is In
  • Writing Fellows: Who They Are and How They Help Faculty
  • WAC Committee Conducts Third Review of Writing-Intensive Syllabi: Excerpts from the 2003-04 Report

SPRING 2004 ISSUE (PDF only)

  • WAC and TAC: What's the Connection?
  • Using Digital Images in Critical Papers
  • Writing About Mathematics: Proofs, Images, and "Plain Words"
  • Librarian's Corner: Tips for Searching Databases
  • Surfer's Guide to the Universe
  • Grammar Corner: Ending Sentences with Prepositions
  • News from the Center

FALL 2003 ISSUE (PDF only)

  • "Celebration of Writing" Recognizes Faculty WAC/Assessment Efforts
  • Issue Papers: Putting Students in Charge of Their Own Learning
  • Critical Analysis, Interpretation, Writing About Data
  • Tutoring Online
  • Writing in Large Classes
  • Responding to Student Writing
  • Grammar Corner: Who vs. Whom

SPRING 2003 ISSUE (PDF only)

  • Cut-Ups: Building Writing by Breaking it Down
  • Writing to Explain Museums in a Synthesis Course
  • Poetry in Your Course?
  • Magic Writing By Nurses
  • Designing Writing Assignments
  • Fostering Academic Integrity
  • Grammar Corner: Passive Voice

FALL 2002 ISSUE (PDF only)

  • Writing and IT Skills in Composition and IT&E
  • GMU WAC Landmarks
  • Writing Assessment Update
  • Grammar Corner: Awkward Sentence Constructions

SPRING 2002 ISSUE (PDF only)

  • What to Do About Plagiarism
  • Cognitive Psych and Writing
  • Writing Tutors from Various Disciplines
  • Update on Writing Assessment in Academic Units

FALL 2001 ISSUE (PDF only)

  • Email Mentoring in Psychology
  • Handling Errors in ESL Students' Papers
  • Writing Assessment Underway
  • Writing Fellow Program

SPRING 2001 ISSUE (PDF only)

  • First Steps to Research
  • Writing to Express Dance
  • Misconceptions of Writing Center Work

FALL 2000 ISSUE (PDF only)

  • Writing to Learn: Poster Presentations
  • Sitting in a Draft
  • Proofreading

SPRING 2000 ISSUE (PDF only)

  • What Students Think Makes Writing Good
  • On Assessing Student Writing
  • Good Ideas to Foster Good Writing

FALL 1999, ISSUE 2 (PDF only)

  • Online Assignments for Techno-Skeptics
  • Using Peer Review and Editing More Effectively
  • Responding to Student Writing
  • Getting Better Responses on Essay Exams

FALL 1999, ISSUE 1 (PDF only)

  • The Rhetoric of the Internet
  • Web vs. Traditional Writing: What's Got to Change?
  • Writing for the Web

SPRING 1999 ISSUE (PDF only)

  • Peer Tutoring in the Disciplines
  • Students and Teachers on What Makes Good Writing Assignments

Assessment | Handling Error | Grammar | Technology and Writing
Writing Assignments | Responding to Writing | Tips on Teaching With Writing

Assessment

  • FALL 2004 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • WAC Committee Conducts Third Review of Writing-Intensive Syllabi: Excerpts from the 2003-04 Report
  • FALL 2003 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • "Celebration of Writing" Recognizes Faculty WAC/Assessment Efforts
  • FALL 2002 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Writing Assessment Update
  • SPRING 2002 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Update on Writing Assessment in Academic Units
  • FALL 2001 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Writing Assessment Underway

Handling Error

  • FALL 2003 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Responding to Student Writing
  • FALL 2001 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Handling Errors in ESL Students' Papers

Grammar

  • FALL 2004 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Grammar Corner: Passive v. Active
  • SPRING 2004 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Ending Sentences with Prepositions
  • FALL 2003 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Who vs. Whom
  • SPRING 2003 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Passive Voice
  • FALL 2002 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Awkward Sentence Constructions
  • FALL 2001 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Errors in ESL Students' Papers

Technology and Writing

  • SPRING 2004 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • WAC and TAC: What's the Connection?
    • Using Digital Images in Critical Papers
    • Writing About Mathematics: Proofs, Images, and "Plain Words"
    • Librarian's Corner: Tips for Searching Databases
    • Surfer's Guide to the Universe
  • FALL 2003 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Critical Analysis, Interpretation, Writing About Data
  • FALL 1999, ISSUE 2 (PDF only)
    • Online Assignments for Techno-Skeptics
  • FALL 1999, ISSUE 1 (PDF only)
    • The Rhetoric of the Internet
    • Web vs. Traditional Writing: What's Got to Change?
    • Writing for the Web

Writing Assignments Across the Disciplines

  • SPRING 2004 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Using Digital Images in Critical Papers
    • Writing About Mathematics: Proofs, Images, and "Plain Words"
  • FALL 2003 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Issue Papers: Putting Students in Charge of Their Own Learning
    • Critical Analysis, Interpretation, Writing About Data
    • Writing in Large Classes
  • SPRING 2003 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Cut-Ups: Building Writing by Breaking it Down
    • Writing to Explain Museums in a Synthesis Course
    • Poetry in Your Course?
    • Designing Writing Assignments
  • SPRING 1999 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Students and Teachers on What Makes Good Writing Assignments

Responding to Writing

  • FALL 2004 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Writing Fellows: Who They Are and How They Help Faculty
    • Students Writers Make Good Student Readers: Guidelines for Helping Students Form Writing Groups
    • How to Help Students Give Effective Peer Response
  • FALL 2003 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Responding to Student Writing
  • SPRING 2002 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • What to Do About Plagiarism
  • FALL 2001 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Handling Errors in ESL Students' Papers
  • FALL 1999, ISSUE 2 (PDF only)
    • Responding to Student Writing
    • Getting Better Responses on Essay Exams

Tips on Teaching With Writing

  • FALL 2004 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Are We Helping Students Think Critically? Ways to Evaluate Assignments and Assess Students' Responses
  • SPRING 2004 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Librarian's Corner: Tips for Searching Databases
    • Surfer's Guide to the Universe
  • FALL 2003 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Issue Papers: Putting Students in Charge of Their Own Learning
    • Writing in Large Classes
    • Responding to Student Writing
  • SPRING 2003 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Cut-Ups: Building Writing by Breaking it Down
    • Poetry in Your Course?
    • Designing Writing Assignments
  • SPRING 2002 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • What to Do About Plagiarism
  • FALL 2001 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Email Mentoring in Psychology
    • Handling Errors in ESL Students' Papers
  • SPRING 2001 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • First Steps to Research
  • FALL 2000 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • Writing to Learn: Poster Presentations
    • Sitting in a Draft
    • Proofreading
  • SPRING 2000 ISSUE (PDF only)
    • On Assessing Student Writing
    • Good Ideas to Foster Good Writing
  • FALL 1999, ISSUE 2 (PDF only)
    • Using Peer Review and Editing More Effectively
    • Responding to Student Writing
  • FALL 1999, ISSUE 1 (PDF only)
    • Writing for the Web

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