ERIC Number: ED248933
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Paired Classes: Write to Learn and Learn to Write.
Walter, James A.
Writing across the curriculum involves helping students to learn how to learn by using appropriate parts of the writing process, to understand that certain standards are important if they are to be considered educated, and to ascertain that writing and learning involve similar procedures and methods. At Sinclair Community College, a writing across the curriculum approach was implemented by one instructor through a system of paired classes. Students were offered the opportunity to sign up for specific sections of a writing course and a humanities course, earning three credits for the completion of each. Students do the usual writing assignments for the humanities course, and work on these and other assignments in the writing course. In this way, writing becomes a special way of mastering the content material. The humanities course is structured according to mastery learning techniques in easily manageable units. At the end of each mastery learning unit, the students must produce a written composition to fulfill an assignment, and throughout the unit the students are actively seeking, writing down, and relating information. The humanities and writing classes are scheduled back-to-back, which allows extra flexibility in using class time. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Sinclair Community College OH; Writing Across the Curriculum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Community College Humanities Association (Kalamazoo, MI, October 5-6, 1984).