Current Approaches to Composition and Literature
ENGL 3360 Section 202 and 204
Fall 2003

Section 202: MW 2:30-3:45 pm CCH 210
Section 204: MW 5:30-6:45 pm CCH 210

Course Web Site:

Dr. Susan Wolff Murphy
Office: FC 287
Writing Center: Lib 216
Office Phone: 825-5755
Office Hours: 4-5 MW, and by appointment.

Note: During work hours, I am often in my office or in the writing center. If you can’t find me on campus or it is after hours, please email me with any questions, concerns, notices of absences or illnesses, etc.

Course Description ENGL 3360 is an amalgam of writing workshop, teaching practicum, and composition theory course. Its purpose is to introduce you to the current research in literacy, writing, and the teaching of writing to the end of helping to prepare you to be a more effective, reflective, and informed language arts teacher in either an elementary, middle, or secondary public school.

Required Textbooks & Materials

  • Calkins, Lucy McCormick?. The Art of Teaching Writing. New Edition. Heinemann, 1994.
  • Zemelman, Steven, and Harvey Daniels. A Community of Writers: Teaching Writing in the Junior and Senior High School. Heinemann, 1988.
  • NCTE/IRA. Standards for the English Language Arts. NCTE, 1996.
  • An active Kestrel email account and a "100 zip disk" to save and transport files to and from class.

Grade Distribution (please be aware that grades will be available on WebCT)

AssignmentsPercent of Course GradeDue Date
Weekly Reflections20%Thursday by midnight (8/28-12/4)
Portfolio One25%Oct. 6
Portfolio Two25%Nov. 5
Portfolio Three30%Dec. 8

Today we will . . . .

1—Brief Introductions: I’ll be typing names on the class contact wiki page. (We’ll do more introductory activities later.)

2—Lab technicians will visit to help all of us gain access to our University computer accounts. This is important. You will need these accounts for much of the work we will be doing in this class. When the lab technicians are finished with us, each of us in the room should be able to access the Internet, send an email message, and access our individual folders on the university network.

3—Send an email to me. In the subject line, include your name and English 3360. In the body of the message, tell me what email address you want to use this semester and tell me what name you want me to use for you (if it’s different from your name as listed in the official records).

4—More introductions: We’ll form groups of three. Spend a total of 3 minutes interviewing a member of your group—name, hometown, major, and why TAMU-CC. (You can’t interview the person who interviews you.) Prepare to introduce your classmate to the whole class.

We’ll work through introductions.

5—About the course: finding class site on web; finding your assignments.

6—Writing Workshop: Free write initial ideas about literacy teaching and learning, about our literacy histories, and about our languages.

For our next meeting, please accomplish the following:

(1) By Thursday, August 28, for your first weekly reflection, read the online course materials. Send an email confirming that you understand these policies and procedures. Ask any questions you have in this email.

(2) By Wednesday, Sept. 3, read SELA.

(3) Look at the assignment for portfolio 1, and the questions for it. Write out answers to some of these questions as a way of discovering your thoughts and memories on literacy.

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