W Criterion #1:
Students have opportunities to use writing as a way of learning the content of the course and are taught to write in the forms and for the purposes that are typical of the disciplines and/or professions, in ways that are clearly distinguished from remedial and foundational skills courses.
How can I meet this criterion?
To help students "use writing as a way of learning the content of the course":
- Consider using low-stakes writing activities. These activities are worth 0% to 5% of the course grade, can be completed quickly, and require little instructor or TA feedback.
To help students "write in the forms and for the purposes that are typical of the disciplines and/or professions":
- Identify the forms and purposes of your disciplines. What are the components? E.g. purpose, audience, form, voice.
- Create high-stakes writing activities in which students' products are discipline-specific.