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Fletcher Center Teaching and Learning Resources: Writing Across the Curriculum

Teaching and learning resources for Hagerstown Community College

About Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)


What is WAC?

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) is a national movement to provide students with frequent and significant opportunities to write and revise throughout their college experience. Writing in the academic disciplines deepens knowledge of course topics and strengthens students' communications and thinking skills.

WAC at HCC is an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental coalition of faculty and staff who collaborate on strategies to use writing across courses. The group meets to chat about writing in the classroom, best practices for assigning and assessing writing, and how students benefit from communicating ideas in various modes.

Join the WAC group

The WAC group meets informally via Zoom on the second Friday of the month at 11 a.m. Check the HCC Faculty Development Calendar on the Home page of this guide for meeting dates. Contact Sean Wynkoop, assistant professor of English and communication, for more information:

Writing Across the Curriculum resources

Generative AI resources

What type of writing to assign?

WAC decision tree for assigning writing


View this infographic in a larger size.

See "WAC Approach to Assigning Writing," elsewhere on this page, for explanations of writing to learn or engage and writing in the disciplines. Infographic by Kate Benchoff.

"Teaching Content is Teaching Reading": Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham describes why content knowledge is essential to reading with comprehension, and why teaching reading strategies alone is not sufficient that students read with good comprehension.

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