teaching with writing
for a Writing-Intensive
Hildy Miller, Associate Professor, English, Portland
makes a W-I course different from any other course for which you design
a syllabus? To meet the CLE requirements, you need to indicate on the
syllabus how writing serves the goals of the course; show that the amount
of formal writing is at least 10-15 pages apart from informal writing
and in-class exams; specify the types of writing instruction that you
will provide; include at least one assignment requiring revision; and
explain how the course grade will be tied to the quality of student writing.
In addition, any syllabus with an extensive writing component should probably
provide other kinds of useful information detailed here.
a prominent statement indicating that it is a WI course. Students
will need to be reminded of this because they need to keep track of
how they are progressing in meeting their WI requirement.
the course, its goals and content, and the role writing will play
the kinds of writing instruction you will provide (opportunities to
revise with comments; peer writing workshops; information about particular
disciplinary forms, etc.)
all formal writing assignments with a brief description, indication
of length, and explain what percentage of the final grade it will
all informal writing assignments (journals; essays; in-class writings)
with description, amount, and percentage of grade.
your grading policy, particularly the general criteria by which you
will evaluate formal and informal writing, and other supportive activities
such as work on peer workshops or getting rough drafts in on time.
a course calendar with basic due dates for writing assignments. For
those involving revision, you might indicate when the assignment is
to begin; when rough drafts will be due; when any peer workshops will
be held; and when the final draft will be due.
any special policies related to writing such as your policy on late
papers, allowing further revision, or plagiarism.