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WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM


This page contains an annotated list of Web sites that may be used to teach writing across the curriculum (WAC) in the secondary school or college classroom.

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LITERACY SKILLS

  1. The CUNY WriteSite

    The CUNY WriteSite is an Online Writing Lab maintained by the City University of New York. This site contains links to information and exercises that may be used to help students build and improve their academic writing skills.

  2. The Purdue Online Writing Lab

    The Purdue Online Writing Lab contains a compendium of resources that can be used to develop students' writing skills. The resources target mechanics, organization, development, and other key areas critical to building writing proficiency.

  3. The Hypertext Webster Gateway at UCSD

    The Hypertext Webster Gateway at UCSD is an online dictionary and thesaurus that students may access when writing.

  4. Funbrain.com Spelling

    Many students have problems spelling words in English and this often makes their writing difficult to understand. Funbrain.com Spelling provides them with spelling practice and immediate feedback on their answers.

  5. English Structure for Academic Purposes

    This site authored by Ann Salzmann provides students with a variety of resources and exercises that they may use to help them improve academic grammar skills.

  6. Thinking Critically about World Wide Web Resources

    This site, developed by Esther Grassian, helps to build students' critical literacy skills by teaching them how to evaluate sources found on the World Wide Web.

  7. The Internet Search Activity

    I have developed this set of questions for students to use as a guideline in their evaluation of Web resources.

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GENERAL INFORMATION
This section contains links to informational resources in  some academic disciplines commonly studied in high school and college.

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WRITING PROJECTS IN THE DISCIPLINES

This section contains links to classroom-tested writing projects in the disciplines and to examples of students' written projects.

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TOOLS FOR ONLINE COMMUNICATION

E-MAIL DISCUSSION LISTS may be set up through sites like egroups.com

This service is free and provides for both asynchronous and synchronous modes of online communication.

Students and teachers can post messages of interest to the entire class.
There is also an online chat forum available for synchronous communication.
I have set up the e-mail discussion list CBESL for my students' use. As part of their work in my course, they are required to post a minimum of one message per week to the list.

COURSE WEB PAGES provide a home base of information for students through:

Links to syllabi and assignments

Links to sources of information for disciplines studied in the course

Links to resources for building linguistic, academic, and computer skills

Links to student work published to the course home page

I have developed The ESL 91 Home Page as the center of information for my content-based ESL course.

Here my students can find information on:

  • Course requirements and writing assignments
  • Resources on disciplines studied
  • Resources for building literacy skills
  • Internet search engines and CUNY library resources


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SEARCH ENGINES

AltaVista:
AltaVista is an example of a Coordinated Directory and Search Engine.
Coordinated means that the directory and search engine tools operate interactively.

Yahoo:
Yahoo is an example of a Non-coordinated Directory and Search Engine.
Non-coordinated means that the directory and search engine tools operate independently.

C4:
C4 is an example of a MultiSearch Engine.
C4 accesses a number of different search databases and searches them simultaneously.

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THE CUNY LIBRARY SYSTEM

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The Computer Committee of the English Department at Kingsborough Community College has developed a web page called COMPUTERS IN THE CURRICULUM.

This web page contains links to resources for research and teaching, as well as links to other resources of interest to English faculty.

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This BIBLIOGRAPHY OF RESOURCES provides links to additional sources of information on using computers to teach writing across the curriculum.

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This page was developed for the

College Now Workshop

Using Computers to Teach Writing Across the Curriculum

Kingsborough Community College/CUNY

Tuesday, November 2, 1999


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Last updated on November 3, 1999