o Using WID principles, participants will redesign their syllabi and assignments to be Writing Intensive. A WIDed syllabus should:

  • inform students of the course’s writing focus.
  • contain grading criteria wherein writing counts for at least 20% of the final grade.
  • provide some guidelines for a final, high-stakes project, as well as some low-stakes writing that could lead up to this final project. 

Examples of syllabi provided by former faculty participants:

It's best to provide minimal feedback on these assignments. If you want to encourage dialogue with students, write a brief, open-ended comment or question. Common problems can be addressed to the entire class.

Urban Sociology Post-WID (PDF)

Urban Sociology Pre-WID (PDF)