ENGL 214/ENGL 514: Schedule

ENGL 214 / Theory and Practice of Writing Tutoring

DATE CLASS ACTIVITIES WRITING DUE
T Sept. 3 Introduction,  sign-up for practicum, on-line scheduling. Exploring the Writing Process. Introduce first writing assignment: Literacy narrative (due 9/10)
R Sept. 5 Introduction to Writing Studies IREADINGS TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY (available on Moodle):

  • “Collaborative Learning and the ‘Conversation of Mankind’” Kenneth Bruffee
  • “Teaching the Other Self: The Writer’s First Reader” Donald Murray
T Sept. 10 Introduction to Writing Studies IIREADINGS TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY (available on Moodle):

  • “Writing as a Mode of Learning,” Janet Emig
  • “Inventing the University,” David Bartholomae
  • “The Aims of Discourse,” James Kinneavy
Literacy Narrative – Draft 1.Printed copy & copy uploaded to Moodle by the start of class.
R Sept. 12 Writing Center – What? READINGS TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY (available on Moodle):

  • LG Ch 1 (pp. 1-7)
  • LG Ch 11 (pp. 141-154)
  • “The Idea of a Writing Center” Steven North
Blog 1: Interview a friend about her/his idea of a Writing Center (see assignments).
M 9/6 Writing Center opens. Sign up for an appointment to discuss your literacy narrative.
T Sept. 17 The writing processREADINGS TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY (available on Moodle):

  • “The Composing Process of Unskilled College Writers,”  Sondra Perl
  • “The Ontological Basis for a Modern Theory of the Composing Process,” Frank D’Angelo
  • LG Ch 2 (pp. 11-23)
R Sept. 19 What do Writing Tutors do?READINGS TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY (available on Moodle):

  • LG Ch 3 (pp. 25-45)
  • “Revisiting the Idea of a Writing Center,”  Steven North
M 9/23 Writing Center practicum component of the course begins (if you do not have any clients, read additional material listed on Moodle, starting with “The Tutoring Process” 1-19 & 19-33).
T Sept. 24 Who are we writing for?READINGS TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY:

  • “The Writer’s Audience is Always a Fiction,” Walter Ong
  •  “Audience Addressed/Audience Invoked:  The Role of Audience in Composition Theory and Pedagogy,” Lisa Ede and Andrea Lunsford.
Blog 2: Respond to your experience of being a WC client when revising your literacy narrative.
R Sept. 26 What do Writing Tutors do? (cont…)READINGS TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY:

  • LG Ch 4 (pp. 47-59)
  • LG, Ch 7 (pp. 89-101)
  • “Collaboration, Control, and the Idea of a Writing Center,” Andrea Lunsford
T Oct. 1 Peer-to-peer writing instruction and support

  • READINGS TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY:
  • Henry, Jim et al. “Course embedded mentoring for first-year students: Melding academic subject support with role modeling, psycho-social support, and goal setting.”
  • “Writing Fellows Program: Peer tutors in the WAC class” Margot Soven.
R Oct. 3 Writing Tutoring: Theory and Practice READINGS TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY:

  • LG Ch 5 (pp. 61-72)
  • Sherwood, “Portrait of the Tutor as an Artist”
  • Brooks, “Minimalist Tutoring”
Literacy Narrative – Draft 2 (revised using instructor comments and WC feedback) Printed copy & on Moodle by the start of class.
T Oct. 8  Universal Access TutoringGuest Speaker:  Asha Nambiar, Disability Coordinator

READINGS TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY:

  • “Learning Disabilities and the Writing Center” Neff
  • “Transcending ‘Conversing’: A Deaf Student in the Writing Center” Weaver
Blog 3: Respond to your experience in the WC so far, (as tutor, as client, or both)
R Oct. 10 Writing Tutoring: Theory and Practice READINGS TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY:

  • LG Ch 6 (pp. 73-87)
  • Corbett, “Tutoring Style, Tutoring Ethics”
  • Glover, “Kairos and the Writing Center”

 

Blog 4: Draw on your readings so far and think about the ways tutors and fellows can help their peers “invent the University”
T Oct. 15 NO CLASS – FALL BREAK  
R Oct. 17 Responding to all writers: No form class meeting.  Meet in the Writing Center and tutor each other as you revise your Literacy Narrative (Due 10/11)
T Oct. 22 The Role of RevisionREADINGS TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY:

  • “Revision Strategies of Student Writers and Experienced Adult Writers” Nancy Sommers

In-class writing: Discuss responses to revision of the mid-term paper (reflective essay)

 

Midterm: Literacy Paper final draft.  Due at the beginning of class on Moodle, and in paper copy .
R Oct. 24 Ethics and the Writing Center TutorREADINGS TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY:

  • LG Ch 8 (pp. 103-116)
  • Bringhurst, “Identifying Our Ethical Responsibility”
  • Severino and Knight, “Exporting Writing Center Pedagogy”
T Oct. 29 Responding to all writersREADINGS TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY

  • Denny, “Queering the Writing Center”
  • Barron and Grimm, “Addressing Racial Diversity in a Writing Center”
Blog 5: Ethics and social politics of peer- to-peer work. Respond to 10/24 and/or 10/29
R Oct. 31 Assessing SuccessREADINGS TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY:

  • Thonus, “Tutor and Student Assessments of Academic Writing Tutorials: What is “Success”?
  • Lerner: “Writing Center Assessment”
Blog 6: As the WC director, what strategies would you use to assess your center’s effectiveness?
T Nov. 5 The Mechanics of WritingREADINGS TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY:

  • “Coherence, Cohesion, & Writing Quality,” Stephen Witte & Lester Faigley.
  • “The Frequency and Placement of Topic Sentences in Expository Prose,” Richard Braddock

Students in the class practice what they have learned on sample essays—what advice would you give the writer?

R Nov. 7 Multiliteracy and Writing TutorsREADINGS TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY:

  • DiPardo: “ Whispers of Coming and Going”
  • LG Ch. 9 (pp. 117-126)
  • Myers, “Reassessing the “Proofreading Trap”
Blog 7: Open topic, discuss WC tutoring experiences or any other issues related to the readings.
T Nov. 12 Grammar and HandbooksREADINGS TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY:

  • Patrick Hartwell “Grammar, Grammars, & the Teaching of Grammar”

How to use a writer’s handbook

Students practice helping peers use a handbook to guide revision/editing

 

FINAL PROJECT:  Writing resources & handouts. Design and layout

Review some sample writing Tutor/Fellow handouts

R Nov. 14 Multimodality, Multimedia, and Writing TutoringREADINGS TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY:

  • Bell, “Preserving the Rhetorical Nature of Tutoring When Going Online”
  • McKinney, “New Media Matters”
  • Murphy and Hawkes: “The Future of Multiliteracy Centers in the E-World”
Blog 8: Respond to the different roles of WC tutors and Fellows in terms of working with student writers on grammar and mechanics.
T Nov. 19 FINAL PROJECT:  Introduction to Camtasia, storyboarding and planning
R Nov. 21 FINAL PROJECT:  Students peer review each other’s handouts and project ideas
T Nov. 26 Information LiteracyGuest Speaker:  Jody Caldwell, Reference Librarian

READINGS TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY:

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Blog 9: Open topic, discuss WC tutoring experiences, Information Literacy, or any other issues related to the readings
R Nov. 28 NO CLASS – THANKSGIVING
T Dec 3 Student presentations of your Camtasia videos, handouts, and theoretical framework. Give each other feedback to help perfect the material.
R Dec. 5 Student presentations of your Camtasia videos, handouts, and theoretical framework. Give each other feedback to help perfect the material.
T Dec 10 READING DAYS
M Dec 16 FINAL DATE TO HAND IN COURSE WORK: Final project, final paper, and four revised blog entries (See Moodle for a full description)
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