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The West Point Writing Program
Teaching Tips

Countless resources exist to support collegiate teachers of writing in every discipline. When the WPWP is fully staffed, we'll add to them by collaborating with USMA faculty to develop resources tailored to our needs. In the meantime, the sites below are particularly useful. Check out our Writing Guides, too, including advice by Cadet Writing Fellows. 

GENERAL

The WAC Clearinghouse: A vast archive of freely-accessed scholarly e-books, journals, and no-nonsense introductory materials for teachers of writing-across-the-curriculum (WAC).

CompPile: A definitive index for publications in writing studies from 1939 to the present. Digests on a range of topics (including assessment, placement, curriculum, and basic writers) orient you to basic questions in the field.

CCCC: The Conference on College Composition and Communication is the field's leading scholarly and professional organization. See informative statements on a host of issues, including teaching veteran writers, basic principles for teaching writing in college, and writing assessment.

**Reflective Cover Letters: Asking students to attach reflective cover letters to writing assignments, especially major ones, can encourage them to feel more ownership of their development as writers and to grow into more perceptive, self-aware critics of their own writing process and products. By helping faculty target feedback as well, they can ultimately result in more efficient and effective teaching. On Writing Reflective Cover Letters.docxOn Writing Reflective Cover Letters.docx

  

UNIVERSITIES

harvard-logo-thumb.gifHarvard College Writing Program
: Useful for students and faculty alike. Harvard Writes includes compelling accounts of faculty in the sciences and humanities as well as detailed tutorials on composing effective arguments. The Harvard Writing Project presents longform and brief writing guides for disciplines like biology, history, economics, philosophy, English, and psychology. The Harvard College Writing Center has guides on the fundamental elements of all academic writing.

College_darthmouth_logo_svg.pngDartmouth Institute for Writing and Rhetoric: Especially helpful materials for first-year student writers to orient them to collegiate expectations. Plentiful resources, too, for faculty teaching First-Year Composition or really any writing-intensive course (see, for instance, 'Diagnosing and Responding to Student Writing.

 

PrincetonLogo-thumb-250x278-334.gifPrinceton University Writing Program: Perhaps most useful in terms of the faculty resources it collects; see especially advice on designing assignments, managing student writing groups, and using cover letters.

 

Purdue-University-Logo.jpgThe Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): A venerable and comprehensive archive; drill down deeply into the headings, especially Subject-Specific Writing and English as a Second Language, to access thorough, exceptionally-detailed resources.