ERIC Number: ED228659
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Writing at the Center of the Curriculum: The Michigan Program.
Morris, Barbra S.
The writing program at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) is based on the idea that writing is taught best when it is emphasized in every discipline. There is an upper division writing requirement, and all departments design and teach advanced writing courses. In 1978, at the same time that the program was created, an outreach program to schools statewide was also begun. The dialogues with teachers from all disciplines that have taken place during the outreach program have produced five specific suggestions to improve the teaching of writing: (1) develop a profile of the teacher of writing that will fit anyone in any discipline, (2) provide a rich range of contexts for writing, (3) capitalize on native knowledge of language as a bridge for students into written form, (4) clarify both audience and purpose of writing assignments, and (5) make what is known about writing accessible to others as the basis of dialogue between disciplines. A 1981 writing conference that grew out of the outreach program reaffirmed the importance of the Michigan program as a model for other schools. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Michigan Ann Arbor; Writing Programs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association (97th, Los Angeles, CA, December 27-30, 1982).