Blog (10 total)
Post to our course website
Due Dates: most Tuesdays
Most every week of class, you will blog a response to the readings and conversations we are having in class. These blog posts will also include links to websites or videos that help to explain or further enhance the readings or discussions.
Three of you will take the lead each week, blogging early (before class time) and giving us some guiding questions or prompts/ideas we can respond to. Everyone else will then respond and add to your ideas by Tuesday mornings.
Discussions/Creation of book trailer with your group
Due: Feb 20/27
In groups of three to four, you’ll choose one of these texts:
- James Gee’s What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning & Literacy
- Jodi Skipka’s Toward a Composition Made Whole
- Smitherman, Geneva, and Victor Villanueva, eds. Language Diversity in the Classroom: From Intention to Practice
Your book club group will meet to decide how you want to read the text, you’ll talk about the book together in class, and finally, collaboratively, you’ll create a book trailer and share highlights from the text with the rest of us.
Share in Google Docs
Due: March 6
The goal for this informal assignment is to share initial ideas about the focus of your syllabus. This can take the form of a list, half-formed thoughts, big ideas…it’s a document that we can talk from. You’ll meet with me individually (or in pairs) and we’ll try to brainstorm, make a plan and timeline for your syllabus design. Conferences will be held Friday, March 7 and Tuesday, March 11.
Here’s the link to sign up for a conference time: http://doodle.com/qhpxraai6i8tn6mg
Syllabus and Rationale
Post to: Google Docs & WordPress site
Various due dates
The major assignment of the course is to write a semester-long syllabus for a writing course: it will include 1) an overall introduction and rationale for the course, 2) syllabus, 3) assignments with rationale, and 4) a daily calendar with rationale. You’ll share this in Google Docs with me and peers.
You’ll create a student view of the syllabus, assignments, and calendar in a WordPress site that we provide on Comphacker.
Those students who plan on applying for a teaching assistantship in CSU, Chico’s Academic Writing program will write a syllabus for that program. Those who plan on teaching elsewhere or at another level will write a syllabus that fits their context. Portions of the syllabus will be due in March, a full draft in late April, and a final copy at the end of the semester.