Faculty use writing in many different ways throughout their courses, but most uses fall into two categories: 

  • Using writing to help students better learn course content
  • Using writing to help students demonstrate what they have learned

These different uses are often called "writing to learn" and "writing to demonstrate." They are both excellent uses of writing in any content area course, and many courses use a mix of the two. 

In both cases, writing helps students grow as thinkers and professionals in their chosen fields. To support a strong culture of writing, this section helps faculty with the challenging work of helping students grow as writers, whether in writing or content-area courses. 

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Best Practice Statements on Teaching Writing

Understanding and Teaching Writing: Guiding Practices (NCTE) 

Framework for Success in Post-secondary Writing 

WPA Outcomes for First-Year Composition

Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices 

NCTE Position Paper on the Role of English Teachers in Educating English Language Learners (ELLs)