ENG 315: Teaching Writing

Spring 2018

Meeting time:   Section 01 TR 11:00-12:15
Meeting place: Bowman 310

What to expect in this course:
Catalog description:
Introduction to writing instruction for prospective teachers and writing center tutors from all disciplines. Incorporates current theoretical perspectives, applied linguistics, and research on the writing process to introduce classroom practices such as one-to-one conferencing, the writing workshop approach, and teaching in computer classrooms. Prerequisites: ENG 110
What this means in practice:
The books listed below fall into three groups, identifying two texts each for those who plan to teach PK through Grade 5 and those who plan to teach Grade 6 and up; plus one text that all will read. These are not textbooks but rather books written for professional, practicing teachers to read by choice. They are written by experienced teachers who have also studied the teaching of writing and have taught professional development sessions to other teachers. Other readings that will be assigned are chapters from similar books or articles from professional journals. This reading base will ground our class in current and well-established, theory- and research-based practices.The best way to learn about teaching writing, in addition to reading what experts say, is to practice writing yourself and reflect on your practices as well as on your reading. This approach has a long history in professional development, most notably in the National Writing Project (https://www.nwp.org/). The first half of this course, especially, will involve a lot of writing practice. As the semester progresses, you can expect to practice teaching strategies and develop instructional materials, as well as do a lot of self-assessment and reflection.

 Books
For PK-5
When Writers Drive the Workshop: Honoring Young Writers and Bold Choices by Brian Kissel
Grammar Matters: Lessons, Tips, and Conversations Using Mentor Texts, K-6 by Lynne R. Dorfman & Diane Dougherty
For Grades 6-12 and beyond
Write Beside Them: Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing by Penny Kittle
Revision Decisions: Talking Through Sentences and Beyond by Jeff Anderson & Deborah Dean
For all students
What Student Writing Teaches Us: Formative Assessment in the Writing Workshop by Mark Overmeyer

Bases for Assessment

  1. Participation/preparation–includes:
    Writer’s notebook (15%)
    Blog/reading response (15%)
    Entrance & exit tickets (5%)
  2. Developing writing skills—includes:
    Writer’s notebook
    Publishing circle (5%)
  3. Practicing and reflecting on teaching skills—includes:
    Annotated bibliography (10%)
    Mini-lessons (15%)
    Reflection on assessment (15%)
  4. Summative reflection—includes:
    Final reflection (20%)

Link to Complete Syllabus