After satisfying the requirements for Composition, students enroll in two writing courses in the disciplines at the junior and capstone levels. The vertical writing model offers students a writing curriculum in which they are encouraged to transfer knowledge and skills in related writing projects and to reflect on their writing progress.
WID, or junior-level writing courses in General Education, are created by the disciplines (some disciplines may designate multiple courses as satisfying the WID requirement). These proposals are read by the WAC Committee, which recommends to the Gen Ed Council for approval. WAC also supports the development of proposals. Please contact Elizabeth Carroll if you would like to discuss WID course proposals. Proposal forms are located on the Gen Ed website.
WID and Capstone Syllabi Archive
These syllabi from WID courses and capstones in varied disciplines at Appalachian reflect a range of low-stakes and high-stakes writing. WID coursework must include reading, writing, and documentation in the conventions of the discipline and must be approved by the WAC Committee and Gen Ed Council (as well as the programs where they originated). Thanks to those faculty who have generously agreed to allow us to post their course plans.
- THR 3735: Modern Theatre History and Literature (Spring 2018), Dr. Paulette Marty
- SOCI 3885: Research Methods I (Fall 2018), Dr. Cameron Lippard
- MAT 4140: Differential Geometry Capstone Syllabus | Schedule (Spring 2022), Dr. Sarah Greenwald
- GLS 4550: Global Studies Senior Capstone (Spring 2018), Dr. Jeanne Dubino
- BIO 4552: Entomology (Fall 2017), Dr. Ray Williams
- THR 4840: Senior Capstone (Fall 2018), Dr. Paulette Marty
WAC has collected a variety of resources regarding writing and reflective practice, shared here as Google Docs. For sample reflective assignments, please visit our sample assignments pages for WAC and WID.
- An Introduction to Reflection [Google Doc]
- Reflection FAQ [Google Doc]
- Reflection in Third-Year WID Courses and Capstones [Google Doc]
- ePortfolios as a Reflective Tool [Google Doc]
Peer Reviews and Workshops
- Effective Workshop Practices [Google Doc]
- Peer Review: 8 Methods for Eliciting Feedback [Google Doc]
- Peer Workshops for Revision [PDF]
Additional Teaching Resources
- The Writing Process [Google Doc]
- Invention [Google Doc]
- Low-Stakes Writing [Google Doc]
- Group Work [PDF]
- Developing Details [Google Doc]
- Summary and Paraphrase [PDF]
- Responding to Student Writing [Google Doc]
- Put Down That Red Pen: How Process Writing Deals with Student Error [Google Doc]