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Please note the abbreviations for course textbooks:

  • TDW = Teaching Developmental Writing: Background Readings, by Susan Bernstein.
  • BB = The Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Basic Writing by Chitralekha Duttagupta and Gregory R. Glau.
  • Rose = Lives on the Boundary by Mike Rose (your pages may differ, there are several editions out)
  • Carter =The Way Literacy Lives by Shannon Carter
  • Haswell = Gaining Ground in College Writing by Rich Haswell

W1: Teaching of Writing, Philosophies of Teaching

Aug 30

  • Reading discussed in class.
    • Reading response 1 written in class.
    • NCTE "Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing"
    • Strickland & Strickland, "Education Begins with Philosophy" (copy)
    • Lalicker, "A Basic Introduction to Basic Writing Program Structures" TDW (29-40)

W2: Student Experience

Sept 6


W3: BW History

Sept 13

  • Reading response, 9-13
    • Otte & Mlynarczyk, "Historical Overview" (BW, Chapt. 1, 3-40)
    • Carter, The Way Literacy Lives, Chapter 1 (1-13)--Historical perspective in Texas
    • Shor, "Errors and Economics: Inequality Breeds Remediation" (p. 29-54), in Mainstreaming Basic Writers: Politics and Pedagogies of Access, ed. Gerri McNenny, Erlbaum, 2001. (Bell Library reserve)

W4: Defining BW & the BW Student

Sept 20

  • Research Question/Proposal due today
  • Reading response, 9-20
    • Otte & Mlynarczyk, "Defining Basic Writing and Basic Writers" (BW, Chapt. 2, 41-77)
    • Haswell, Part I, (1-62)
  • Bring TDW and Haswell to class!

W5: Development and the Student Writer

Sept 27


W6: Haswell's Gaining Ground

Oct 4


W7: Assessment/Mainstreaming BW

Oct 11

  • Midterm Exam (take home) distributed
  • Reading response, 10-11
    • TDW “Assessment” “CCCC Position Statement” (372-380)
    • Agnew & McLaughlin "These Crazy Gates and How They Swing," (p. 85-100), in Mainstreaming Basic Writers: Politics and Pedagogies of Access, ed. Gerri McNenny, Erlbaum, 2001. (Bell Library reserve)
    • Otte & Mlynarczyk, "Practices & Pedagogies," BW (78-121)

W8: Responding to Student Writing

Oct 18

  • Midterm Exam (take home) due
    • TDW, Shaughnessy, "Some New Approaches toward Teaching," (p. 2-14)
    • Huot, "Reading Like a Teacher" (Re)Articulating Writing Assessment (Chapter 5, p. 109-136) (Bell Library reserve)

W9: Language Variation, Language Rights, Latino/a Students

Oct 25

  • working annotated bib due today
  • Reading response, 10-25
    • Students' Right to Their Own Language, Conference on College Composition and Communication, p. 1-23.
    • Anzaldua "How to Tame a Wild Tongue" (TDW, 301-311)--If you haven't read it before!
    • Jordan "Nobody Mean More to Me Than You"(TDW, 340-355 or 312-325, depending on the edition)
    • Jaffe, "Changing Perceptions, and Ultimately Practices, of BW Instructors through the Familia Approach" in Teaching Writing with Latino/a Students, p. 169-190 (reserve, Bell Library)

W10: Is Reading the Answer? The Reading/Writing Connection

  • Nov 1
  • Reading response, 11-1
    • Leki, "Reciprocal Themes in ESL Reading and Writing" (TDW, 93-114)
    • Haas & Flower, "Rhetorical Reading Strategies and the Construction of Meaning" (Writing about Writing, p. 120-136) (Bell Library reserve textbook for 1301 or come get a copy if you're not teaching FY Composition).

W11: The Future of Basic Writing/Basic Writing in the Public View

Nov 8


W12: The Way Literacy Lives

Nov 15

  • Teaching Portfolio due today
  • Discussion of drafts of research projects
  • Reading response, 11-15
    • Brandt, Deborah, "Sponsors of Literacy" (Writing about Writing, p. 331-352) (Bell Library reserve textbook for 1301 or come get a copy if you're not teaching FY Composition).
    • The Way Literacy Lives (chapters 1-3, pp. 1-60)

W13: The Way Literacy Lives

Nov 22

  • Peer Review of drafts (online?)
  • Email/give SWM a draft up to the 29th & get feedback.
  • Reading response, 11-22
  • The Way Literacy Lives (chapters 4-conclusion, pp. 61-152)

W14: Presentations of Research

Nov 29

  • Email/give SWM a draft up to the beginning of class on the 29th & get feedback by Friday Dec. 2nd.
  • conference presentations (5% toward grade)
  • peer review research paper drafts (5% toward grade)

W15: Presentations of Research

Dec 6

  • conference presentations (5% toward grade)
  • Research Portfolio due
  • In-class reflection on research
  • MEET IN BH 111

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