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Writing Across the Curriculum. By David Horton. What is WAC. Writing in all subject areas rather than only English L anguage Arts Class Focuses on : Content Knowledge Assessment Content Specific Writing Skills. Why Wac by Steve Peha.

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Writing Across the Curriculum

By David Horton

What is WAC

  • Writing in all subject areas rather than only English Language Arts Class

  • Focuses on :

  • Content Knowledge

  • Assessment

  • Content Specific Writing Skills

Why Wacby Steve Peha

  • Reason #1: Written output is a great way to assess student knowledge.

  • Reason #2: Writing is the essential skill students need as they enter adult life.

  • Reason #3: Helping students learn to express themselves with confidence in all subject areas can contribute to improvements in behavior and self-esteem.

  • Reason #4: Students who write clearly, think clearly. And students who think clearly have a better chance of navigating their way through the obstacles of adolescence.

  • Reason #5: Writing is power. ( students need to understand and control their lives, to shape their future and define their dreams.)


Math Example: Explain in writing how to work the problem in the cartoon

U.s. History Example: Write An Historical Fiction Story About the event in the Picture.

Science example: Write an essay to compare and contrast three types of Clouds

Writing in the content areas can be :

Semi formal



Essay questions.

Reaction Papers.




Research Reports

Business Letters and

Other Formal Correspondence

Job Applications

Writing for Newspapers

or Other Publications

Submission to a School


Essays for Contests

Published Interviews








Works Cited

"ARTS EDUCATION TEACHER HANDBOOK." Writing Across the Curriculum. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2012. <http://www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/artsed/resources/handbook/music/51introduction>.

Peha, Steve. "Writing Across the Curriculum." Www,ttms.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2012. <http://www.ttms.org/PDFs/06%20Writing%20Across%20the%20Curriculum%20v001%20%28Full%29.pdf>.

YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X15wXrnnkA>.

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