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Writing Across the Curriculum looks at writing in different disciplines  from the twin perspectives of writing to learn and writing to communicate.

  • "Writing to learn" is writing to oneself to discover, organize, understand, and learn some subject matter, and is usually short in length and unpolished. Thus, a variety of writing assignments, not just essays, can serve this purpose.
  • "Writing to communicate" is writing to an audience to communicate one's understanding of some subject, thus typically taking on the form of a finished product.

For brief introductions to and examples on this topic, see:

For how professors in different disciplines use and evaluate writing in their courses, see

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