Resource Articles for writing across disciplines

Compiled by Ben Amata, CSUS Library

Responding to Student Writing

“Responding to Student Writing” by Nancy Sommers. College Composition and Communication  33.2. pp 148-56.

“On Students’ Right to Their Own Texts: A Model of Teacher Response” by Lil Brannon and C.H. Knoblauch. College Composition and Communication  33.2. pp. 157-66.

“Complexities of Responding to Student Writing; or, Looking for Shortcuts via the Road of Excess” by Richard Haswell.  Across the Disciplines 3.

“Study of Error” by David Bartholomae.  College Composition and Communication  31.3. pp 253-69.

“Grammar, Grammars, and the Teaching of Grammer” by Patrick Hartwell. College English 47.2. pp. 105-27

Designing Writing Assignments

"Integrating Writing Into Any Course: Starting Points" by Kate Kiefer. Academic Writing

“Good Writing Assignments = Good Thinking: A Proven WID Philosophy” by Roland Stout. Language and Learning Across the Disciplines 2.2.

“Writing as a Mode of Learning” by Janet Emig. College Composition and Communication  28.2. pp 122-28.

"Writing as Learning Through the Curriculum" by C.H. Knoblauch and Lil Brannon.
College English 45.5. pp 465-74.

“Practical Advice for Supporting Learning through the Use of Summary/Reaction Journals” by Melissa A. Thomeczek, Dave S. Knowlton, and David C. Sharp. Across the Disciplines 2.

“Using Team Journals in a Large Introductory Course” by David Zehr. The WAC Journal 10.

“Revision Strategies of Student Writers and Experienced Adult Writers” by Nancy Sommers. College Composition and Communication  31.4. pp 378-88.

"Building a Mystery’: Alternative Research Writing and the Academic Act of Seeking” by Robert Davis and Mark Shadle. College Composition and Communication  51.3. pp 417-46.

Collaborative Writing

“Coping with the Problems of Collaborative Writing” by Richard M. Chisholm. The WAC Journal 2.

“Collaborative Learning and the ‘Conversation of Mankind’” by Kenneth Bruffee. College English 46.7. pp 635-52.


“Reliability, Validity, and Holistic Scoring: What We Know and What We Need to Know” by Brian Huot. College Composition and Communication  41.2. pp 201-213.

“Portfolios and the Process of Change” by Marjorie Roemer et al. College Composition and Communication 42.4. pp 455-69.

“Portfolio Assessment: A Catalyst for Staff and Curricular Reform” by Suellen Shay. Assessing Writing 4.1.  pp 29-51.

Assessing and Teaching What We Value: The Relationship between College-Level Writing and Critical Thinking Abilities” by William Condon and Diane Kelly-Riley. Assessing Writing 9.1. pp 56-75.

Discipline-Specific Resources

Computer Science and Engineering

“Linking Communication and Software Design Courses for Professional Development in Computer Science” by W. J. Williamson and Philip H. Sweany. Language and Learning Across the Disciplines 3.2.

“Engineering Thinking: Using Benjamin Bloom and William Perry to Design Assignments” by Robert Irish. Language and Learning Across the Disciplines 3.2.

“Introducing Engineering Students to Intellectual Teamwork: The Teaching and Practice of Peer Feedback in the Professional Communication Classroom” by Natasha Artemeva and Susan Logie. Language and Learning Across the Disciplines 6.1.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

“Acquiring Expertise in Discipline-Specific Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Exercise in Learning to Speak Biology” by Trudy Bayer, Karen Curto, and Charity Kriley. Across the Disciplines 2.

“Students and Professionals Writing Biology: Disciplinary Work and Apprentice Storytellers” by Sharon Stockton. Language and Learning Across the Disciplines 1.2.

“The Role of Written and Verbal Expression in Improving Communication Skills for Students in an Undergraduate Chemistry Program” by Brian P. Coppola and Douglas S. Daniels. Language and Learning Across the Disciplines 1.2.

“Evidence and Interpretation: Teachers' Reflections on Reading Writing in an Introductory Science Course” by Ezra Shahn and Robert K. Costello. Language and Learning Across the Disciplines 4.2.

“Learning the Language of Mathematics” by Robert E. Jamison. Language and Learning Across the Disciplines 4.1.

“Models in Algebra and Rhetoric: A New Approach to Integrating Writing and Mathematics in a WAC Learning Community” by Ronald J. Heckelman and Will-Matthis Dunn III. Language and Learning Across the Disciplines 6.3.

“Writing to Learn in Mathematics, by Tatyana Flesher. The WAC Journal 1.

Social Sciences

“Fear of the Blank Page: Teaching Academic and Professional Writing in Social Work” by Jean Schuldberg, et al. Across the Disciplines 1.

“Stories in the Nursing Classroom: Writing and Learning through Stories” by Jeanne Sorrell.  Language and Learning Across the Disciplines 5.1.

“Responding in Writing to Clinical Cases: The Development of Clinical Reasoning in Nursing” by Melinda Granger Oberleitner.  Language and Learning Across the Disciplines 5.1.

“Writing to Learn Economics” by John Gregor. The WAC Journal 1.

“Writing in Psychology Courses” by David Zehr. The WAC Journal 9.

“Writing-to-Learn Approach to Writing in the Discipline in the Introductory Linguistics Classroom” by Peter R. Petrucci. The WAC Journal 13.

Arts and Humanities

“Composing Responses to Literary Texts: A Process Approach” by Elizabeth Flynn. College Composition and Communication  34.3. pp 342-48.

“Post-Structural Literary Criticism and the Response to Student Writing” by Edward White.  College Composition and Communication  35.2. pp 186-95.

“Coming to Grips with Theory: College Students' Use of Theoretical Explanation in Writing About History” by Russel K. Durst. Language and Learning Across the Disciplines 1.1.

“Making the Connection: A ‘Lived History’ Assignment in an Upper-Division German Course by Lisa Jennings. The WAC Journal 16.

“Doing Philosophy Online” by Allan F. DiBiase. The WAC Journal 12.