Please check this daily. I will change the schedule regularly, especially during the first week or two. So don't print this and think you have the schedule!
Each date is a link to the plan for that class period. Homework is due on the date listed.
Week One-- Course Introduction, Language Arts Standards, Resources, & Multiple Literacies
- Wednesday, Aug 27
- First Day Handout
- Computer Orientation
- Course web site
- Writing Workshop: Free write initial ideas about literacy teaching and learning, about our literacy histories, and about our languages.
- For weekly reflection: read the course materials online. Send questions, comments, fears, and responses to this week's discussions & activities.
Week Two—National and State Standards of Literacy Instruction
- Sep1--Labor Day Holiday
- Sep3—National and State Standards
- Read SELA
Week Three-- Language Arts & Multiple Literacies and Literacies and Language(s) Attitudes, Biases, and Competencies
- Sep8--What are literacies? Read
- Calkins, ch. 28, "The Home/School Connection."
- "What is literacy"
- Burke, "A Modern Profile of Adult Literacy"
- "Literacy, Learning and the Future: Excerpts"
- Koshewa, "Multiple Cultures, Multiple Literacies"
- Discovery writing on language/literacy (small group discussion, online discussion in small groups, questions, clustering) modeling & practice.
- Sep10—Language Varieties & Teaching Writing
- Discovery writing on LLA (looping)
Week Four—Language and Literacy
- Sep15—Language Issues
- First draft of LLA due for sharing in class. Discuss constructive criticism & peer review. Save to kestrel; post to individual wiki. Bring a hard copy to class in case of technological failure.
- Read (at ENGL 3360 Readings)
- Anzaldua, "How to Tame a Wild Tongue" from Borderlands.
- Losey, "Student Response to Assignment Content".
- Sep17—Teaching Writing
- Discuss revision; model revision.
- Read Calkins, 1-2 (pp. 3-20), and Z&D, 1 (pp. 3-12)
Week Five—Writing as Process; Essential Questions
- Sep22—The writing process paradigm
- Read Z&D, 2-3 (pp. 13-46)
- Share LLA draft #2 with peers. Focus on HOC.
- Sep24-- Early Childhood Literacies; Begin Intel; Discuss Essential Questions
- Read Calkins, 3-4 (pp. 21-52)
- Read "What is a Good Guiding Question?"
Week Six—Early Literacy
- Sep29—Early Literacy
- Read Calkins, 5-7 (pp. 53-108) (Literacy K-2)
- Draft day for semester plan overviews & reflective overview letters
- Oct 1— Early Literacy & Proofreading of Portfolio 1
- Read Calkins, (pp. 109-182) (Literacy grade 3-HS)
- Portfolio 1: editing workshop.
Week Seven: Portfolio One due; Teaching Writing
- Oct6—'Portfolio One Due’
- Review Portfolio 2 Assignment
- Read Z&D, 5-6, “Planning a Writing Centered Class, Day One, Week One” (pp. 69-88)
- Oct8?—Writing Workshops and Writing to Learn; Intel "Getting Started"
- Read Z&D, Chapter 7, "Time To Write: Workshops and Journals," and 8, "Writing to Learn Everyday" (pp. 89-113).
- Read Wagner, "A Safe Harbor"
Week Eight: Teaching Philosophy
- Oct13—Writing Process; Explanation of Teaching
- Read Z&D, (pp. 117-146)
- Brainstorming/free writing/drafting: Explanation of Teaching
- Discuss audience & purpose for your Explanation of Teaching.
- Draft explanation of teaching to a critical audience (homework)
- Intel Module 2, "Locating Resources for Unit Portfolios". Bring book to class.
- Oct15—Drafting/Revising/Peer Groups; Explanation of Teaching
- Read Z&D, drafting, revising, peer groups (pp. 164-201)
- Writing Workshop: Share first drafts with peers.
Week Nine-- Assessment, Evaluation, and Grading
- Oct20?—Assessment; draft of Explanation of Teaching
- Draft 2 of Explanation of Teaching
- Begin calendar of essential questions/themes
- Read Z&D, 16-17 (pp. 205-238)
- Read Intel Module 8, "Supporting the Diverse Needs of Learners" (8.0.2) & explore/play with websites.
- Oct22?—Diverse learners; Goals & Objectives
- Read Calkins, 19 (pp. 311-336)
- Read Module 8.
- Brainstorm/draft goals & objectives of semester; overview
Week Ten—Assessment & High Stakes Testing
- Oct27?— Unit Plan writing; Assessment
- Oct29?—High Stakes Testing; Unit Plan peer review
Week Eleven—P2 due; Conferring and Multimedia (Intel)
Week Twelve—Teaching Genres: Poetry and Fiction
- Nov 10—Multimedia project; genre; fitting a variety of genres into your unit plans
- Nov12—Genre, TEKS, poetry
Week Thirteen—Teaching Genres: Nonfiction
- Nov17—Fiction & Nonfiction Prose (traditional)
- Nov19—Nonfiction Prose (nontraditional); workshop on letter to principal
Week Fourteen—Writing workshop for Portfolio 3
- Nov24?—Writing workshop for P3 (bring multimedia project and unit plans)
- Nov26—Working Day: No class. Conference with instructor.
- 27—Thanksgiving-- Have a nice holiday!
Week Fifteen—Writing workshop for Portfolio 3
- Dec 1
- Bring all your materials & work in groups; share with peers.
- Do student evaluations
- Dec 3
- Bring all materials and work in groups; share with peers.
- Read Calkins, chapter 29 and Z&D, chapter 20
- Discuss readings in class.
- Dec 5 (Friday)
- Last weekly reflection due.
- Dec 8—Portfolio #3 due to my office (FC 287) by 6 pm
There is no final exam for ENGL 3360. Grades will be posted by Dec. 16th on SAIL