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
    • Introductions
    • 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

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

Week Eleven—P2 due; Conferring and Multimedia (Intel)

  • Nov3?—Conferring and Peer review of Portfolio #2
  • Nov5?Portfolio #2 due; begin multimedia project

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!
  • 28--Thanksgiving

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.

Week Sixteen

  • 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

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