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1952603English 332: Introduction to Literacy Studies
Fall 2019
MW 5:30-6:45 in ARTS 105
Our Course Website:

Dr. Kim Jaxon
Office: ARTS 262
Office Hours: MW 4:30-5:30, W 1:00-2:00, and by appointment
Email:  (best way to reach me)
Email for sharing Google Docs:
Twitter: @drjaxon

Teaching Associate (TA) Jasmine Corona:

Course Description

This course introduces you to the interdisciplinary field of literacy studies. We will look at historical and current discussions that play out in our culture around the uses of literacy. We’ll especially explore digital literacy and consider how technology has rapidly changed the ways that literacy is used and understood. We will also pay particular attention to adolescent literacy, including adolescents’ use of digital platforms.

Required Materials

The book is the only thing you’ll need to purchase for the class. You may also be able to find the text through our library or interlibrary loan.

  • If you have a laptop or tablet, please bring it to class every time.

Determining Your Final Course Grade

  • Discussion Questions 100 (10@10 pts each)
  • Pilot Self Study  15
  • Book Club  20
  • Ethnography  50
  • Article Group Activity  25
  • Book in a Box Project 15
  • Reflection  25

Total: 250 (Grade: 95-100%=A, 90-94%=A-, 85-89%=B+, 80-84%=B, etc)

Attendance: Seriously, I am not a fan of attendance policies. They are uninviting and too much like school for me. Over 20 years of teaching, I have tried out every possible configuration, including no policy at all. This is the one I’ve landed on that makes me, and hopefully you, the most comfortable: you may miss class 2 times for any reason. You may miss 3 times and drop a letter grade. After 3, you’ll need to retake the course. Our job as a class: create an environment where you want to be here and missing is simply due to some life going on…

I look forward to working together this semester!

Campus Support & Resources

Any student who has difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or who lacks a safe and stable place to live, and believes this may affect their performance in the course, is urged to contact the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry. Furthermore, please notify the professor if you are comfortable in doing so. This will enable her to provide any resources that she may possess. You can find many, many campus resources HERE too.

Americans with Disabilities Act

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability or chronic illness, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Please also contact Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) as they are the designated department responsible for approving and coordinating reasonable accommodations and services for students with disabilities. ARC will help you understand your rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act and provide you further assistance with requesting and arranging accommodations.

Confidentiality and Mandatory Reporting

As a Chico State professor, one of my responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment for Chico State students.  It is my goal that you feel able to share information related to your life experiences in classroom discussions, in your written work, and in our one-on-one meetings. I will seek to keep information you share private to the greatest extent possible.  However, I am required to share information regarding sexual misconduct with the University.

Students may speak to someone confidentially by contacting the Counseling and Wellness Center (898-6345) or Safe Place (898-3030).  Information about campus reporting obligations and other Title IX related resources are available here:

Mechoopda Acknowledgement

We acknowledge and are mindful that CSU, Chico stands on lands that were originally occupied by the first people of this area, and we recognize the Mechoopda and their distinctive spiritual relationship with this land and the waters that run through campus. We are humbled that our campus resides upon sacred lands that once sustained the Mechoopda people for centuries.


Information and support for Dreamers and allies (created by Dr. Hannah Burdette in ILLC)