Writing in the Disciplines

Strategies for Teaching Writing in the Arts & Humanities

Assignment Sequence Idea from a WI Literature Course

Assignment Example from a WI Literature Course

Writing in an Interdisciplinary Health and Humanities Course

In three brief videos, Dr. Daniel Goldberg discusses three pieces of writing he assigns in his Introduction to Health and Humanities class. The written artifacts include a writing assignment, a piece of student writing, and a concept (or thinking) map.
While examining the assignment (art 1), Dr. Goldberg contextualizes how and when it is used in his course, why the assignment is significant for student learning, the instructor’s expectations for the written product, components of a well-written student product, and resources for further information on this type of genre.

In this second video, Dr. Goldberg explains how, why, and when a persuasive paper is situated in the course. He discusses the important elements of the essay’s form and content and the nature of interdisciplinary writing, and provides specific examples of strong writing in this context.

In this final video, Dr. Goldberg describes concept maps (art 3) as examples of collaborative thinking and writing to learn in this interdisciplinary course. Dr. Goldberg and his students collectively created two concept maps – one at the beginning of the semester and one at the end of the class. After student mapped their own individual perceptions of pain, the class worked together to map their collective perception of pain. The two maps offered students a visual representation of how their thinking about pain had evolved over the course of the semester.


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Writing in English Overview

Writing assignments can vary widely across English courses due to the many subfields included in the department, but analytical writing is very common and careful reading skills are essential to success on such assignments. ECU’s Marianne Montgomery, Associate Professor of English, provides more details.

Writing in Music Overview

What kinds of writing do Music majors need to know how to do? Being conversant in Music theory and being able to document sources effectively both are essential, according to Dr. Kevin Moll, Associate Professor of Music at ECU. For more information, check out the full video.

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Strategies for Teaching Writing in Business

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Writing in Business Overview

Effective writing for a variety of audiences, ECU Teaching Instructor Joe Campbell explains, is essential to business success. Find out about the kinds of writing business professionals need to be able to do.

Strategies for Teaching Writing in Communications

Sample Assignment from Public Relations and Corporate Writing Course

Sample Assignment from Media Writing

Sample Assignment from Writing for the Electronic Mass Media

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Writing in Communications Overview

Dr. Glenn Hubbard from ECU’s School of Communication explains that, although there are many different forms of writing practiced in the different areas of Communication, precision and clarity, using straightforward language, are critical to success across the board.

Strategies for Teaching Writing in Education

Teaching the "Self Reflection Essay" in Education

Dr. Barbara Brehm discusses a commonly required essay in teacher education that requires students to explore and explain why they want to be a teacher*. As an instructor in Child Development and Family Relations (CDFR), Dr. Brehm discusses the format, voice, purpose, audience, context, and topic of this genre type. She also provides specific examples from a strong student paper along with feedback provided from the instructor. * The Welcome to Teacher Education handbook (commonly referred to as the "Apple Book") describes this genre as "an essay outlining reasons for wishing to pursue a career in education"; however, in TaskStream where students have to submit it as EE8 (electronic evidence 8), it is called "EE8 Self-reflection Essay."

Scaffolding for Literacy Development in English Education

The "Mathematics Autobiography" for future Math Educators

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Strategies for Teaching Writing in Engineering & Technology

Defining and Identifying Technical Writing

In this narrated PowerPoint, Dr. Carolyn Dunn from the Department of Technology Systems, defines and discusses technical and professional writing, including the following: writing assignment examples, goals and objectives of assignments, awareness of technical writing in everyday life, aspects of strong design/format in technical writing, and a critical analysis of an example of such writing.

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Technical Writing Overview

In this clip, Dr. Carolyn Dunn explains that the kinds of writing done in technical disciplines such as Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Management, and Technology Systems, rely on writers who can communicate clearly and concisely through words, graphics, and design.

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Strategies for Teaching Writing in the Health Sciences

Using Idea Maps to Teach Clinical Decision Making in Nursing

Dr. Robin Webb-Corbett from the College of Nursing narrates this video on clinical decision-making, a critical skill for all nurses. Dr. Webb-Corbett discusses how this cyclical and recursive process is practiced and reflected on, using the metaphor or making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, the cyclical clinical decision-making process, a clinical decision-making concept map, and a student example of such map that facilitates students thinking and writing about the process.

Writing in an Interdisciplinary Health and Humanities Course

In three brief videos, Dr. Daniel Goldberg discusses three pieces of writing he assigns in his Introduction to Health and Humanities class. The written artifacts include a writing assignment, a piece of student writing, and a concept (or thinking) map.

While examining the assignment (art 1), Dr. Goldberg contextualizes how and when it is used in his course, why the assignment is significant for student learning, the instructor’s expectations for the written product, components of a well-written student product, and resources for further information on this type of genre.


In this second video, Dr. Goldberg explains how, why, and when a persuasive paper is situated in the course. He discusses the important elements of the essay’s form and content and the nature of interdisciplinary writing, and provides specific examples of strong writing in this context.


In this final video, Dr. Goldberg describes concept maps (art 3) as examples of collaborative thinking and writing to learn in this interdisciplinary course. Dr. Goldberg and his students collectively created two concept maps – one at the beginning of the semester and one at the end of the class. After student mapped their own individual perceptions of pain, the class worked together to map their collective perception of pain. The two maps offered students a visual representation of how their thinking about pain had evolved over the course of the semester.

Clinical Decision Making in Nursing


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Writing in Nursing Overview

As Associate Professor of Nursing Dr. Rebecca Benfield explains, even very short pieces of writing need to be fully accurate and clear in the field of nursing. It is critical that nurses communicate effectively to other healthcare providers and to patients. To find out more about the kinds and characteristics of writing that nurses do, watch this short clip.

Writing in Medicine/Medical School

As Dr. David Weismiller, Professor of Family Medicine at ECU's Brody School of Medicine, explains in this clip, students interested in pursuing a career in medicine will need to be strong writers who are capable of explaining complex concepts in everyday language. In medicine, unclear writing can have serious health and legal consequences.

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Strategies for Teaching Writing in the Natural Sciences

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Strategies for Teaching Writing in the Social Sciences

Sample "Informal Writing Assignment" from a Social Policy Course

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Writing in Psychology Overview

Psychology majors will need to be able to synthesize multiple sources and write concisely about numbers and numerical data. To find out more about what writing in Psychology looks like, check out this video featuring ECU Teaching Assistant Professor, Laura Edwards.

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