1952603English 332: Introduction to Literacy Studies
Fall 2017
Tuesdays 5:00-7:50 in ARTS 106
Our Course Website:

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

Teaching Associate (TA) Ruben Mendoza:

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, bring it to class every time.

Attendance and Class Participation. I expect us to be participants who are thinking through theories of literacy. I arrive prepared to participate in conversations occurring in the field; I assume you will too. The reading is challenging: we will need each other to sort through the ideas. Given the participatory nature of the class and since we only meet once per week, you can miss class two times (excused or unexcused); after that, you fail the class.

 Getting Accounts: aka jumping into the deep end of technology use

These are the accounts you will need to set up and work with this semester. Take a deep breath if digital is not your thing. This class will be a safe, supportive space to try out new digital tools. I’ll help. You’ll be fine.

Our Course Website:
This is where you’ll find all the class materials; be sure to bookmark the link.

Google Docs: 
Some of your work in this course will be uploaded to or created in Google Docs. You will also give and receive feedback in Google Docs with me and your peers. You can access Google Docs from your Wildcat mail log in screen. My email for Google Docs sharing is:

This is optional. This class could be a place to try it out to see if you like using it within a community of peers. If you’re interested, create an account with the link above. Then, start following drjaxon by going to You will also follow each other once you create accounts. Twitter is a way for us to create community inside and outside of class. There are a ton of resources and professionals on twitter to follow, particularly for those of you interested in becoming future teachers.

Determining Your Final Course Grade
Discussion Questions (5@5 pts each)       25

Literacy Narrative                                         15

Book Club                                                       20

Featured Blogger                                          20

Article Group Activity                                   25

Ignite & Maker Night                                    15

Reflection                                                       25

Total: 130

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

CSU, Chico stands on traditional Mechoopda Indian tribal lands. Without them and other native peoples, we would not have access to this campus or our education.


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

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