Faculty Resources


Creating better writers

  • An Introduction to Writing Across the Curriculum. An overview from a key site in the field. What is writing to learn? What makes a good assignment? How should you respond to student writing? A helpful introduction to thinking about possibilities and strategies for writing in any course.
  • Also, check out their Teaching Resources page, with lots of materials to support teachers who use writing in their courses.
  • WPA Best Practices From the Counsel of Writing Program Administrators, a good source for defining and avoiding plagiarism with a focus on best practices for effective teaching.

And in case you didn’t think to look, check out these resources for students that you might want to make use of in your work with student writers!

Resources for Students

  1. Grammar Checklist. Here’s a concise list of “12 common errors” in student writing, with explanations and examples (U of Wisconsin).
  2. Purdue Online Writing Lab. An extensive site with information and exercises on a range of areas: punctuation and grammar, writing process and kinds of assignments, research citation formats, and avoid plagiarism.
  3. Academic Writing Assignments and Professional Writing. A guided tour through everything from application essays to lab reports. (U of Wisconsion).
  4. Grammar A-Z. An extensive “A-Z” encyclopedic approach to grammar and style. If you know what you’re looking for (such as “dangling modifier” or “dash”), this site has concise entries with lots of interesting cross-links (from Jack Lynch at Rutgers U).

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