Appendix 3: Annotated Bibliography for Writing Intensive Courses

All of the resources listed here are available on campus. Please contact the WAC Program Director, the Coordinator of the Writing in the Disciplines project, or a York College Writing Fellow if interested in obtaining one or more.

Anson, Chris M. and Lance E. Wilcox. (1992). A Field Guide to 

Writing. New York: HarperCollins.

A relatively short guide to writing in non-composition courses. This would make a good supplementary resource text for students in any Writing Intensive (WI) course.

Bean, John C. (1996). Engaging Ideas: The Busy Professor’s 

Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active 

Learning in the Classroom. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Bean has become the quintessential reference for those seeking to learn about WAC. He combines research and educational philosophy with concrete applications while anticipating questions and problems.

Elbow, Peter. (1997). “High Stakes and Low Stakes in Assigning 

and Responding to Writing.” In New Directions for Teach- 

ing and Learning, no. 69 (Spring) 1997, 5-13.

A good introduction to various types of writing especially low stakes writing and its usefulness for high stakes writing and other curricular goals.

Fulwiler, Toby. (1987). Teaching with Writing. Portsmouth, New 

Hampshire: Boynton/Cook, Heinemann.

An introduction to the use of writing in the classroom from which innumerable handouts have been adapted. Discusses various types of writing.

Hacker, Diana. The Bedford Handbook, 6th Edition. (2002). New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s Press.

An indispensable reference tool for writers at all levels. This guide is an assigned text in English 125 and like the Anson/Wilcox book above, this would make a good supplementary resource text for students in any WI course. 

Howard, R.M. and S. Jamieson, Editors. (1995). The Bedford 

Guide to Teaching Writing in the Disciplines. New York: 

St. Martin’s Press.

A fine resource with a very strong chapter on “Preparing the 


Walvoord, Barbara E. (1986). Helping Students Write Well: A 

Guide for Teachers in All Disciplines, 2nd Edition. New 

York: Modern Language Association. 

This resource covers a wide array of WAC topics. It is straightforward, reader friendly, and free from ideological fervor.

Young, Art. Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum, 3rd Edition. 

(1999). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. 

Young writes that this book can “serve as a guide to teachers who have been assigned or who volunteered to teach a required ‘writing intensive’ course in their discipline as well as to faculty who themselves decide to include student writing, whether frequently or occasionally, in their courses.”