Writing In A Non-Writing Class.
Grading writing can be really challenging when a student has not yet had English Composition. The following strategy has helped me be fair to my students, as well as honoring the expectations of my course.
When I teach Developmental Psychology I assign three research papers. I use the same basic rubric for all three papers, but the value of the each paper increases as the semester progresses. This allows writing mistakes that I catch early to be pointed out when the amount of points attached is low. Students can learn from their mistakes throughout the semester. If they are struggling with writing, they can go to the Writing Lab and know exactly what they need to work on. By the time the last paper is turned in scores are much higher in this area.