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Please note the abbreviations for course textbooks:

  • TDW = Teaching Developmental Writing: Background Readings, 3e, by Bernstein.
  • BB = The Bedford Bibliography of Basic Writing, edited by Gregory R. Glau and Chitralekha Duttagupta, 2009, 3e, Bedford/St. Martin's Press. (Available online or in print)
  • BW = Basic Writing, by George Otte and Rebecca Williams Mlynarczyk, 2010, Parlor Press and WAC Clearinghouse. (Available online or in print)
  • 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

January 14


W2: Student Perspectives

January 21


W3: Student Perspectives

Jan 28


W4: Teaching writing, basic writing paradigms

Feb 4

  • Interview/Observation report due today or Feb. 11
  • reading response 3
    • TDW Uehling “Creating a Statement...” (27-38)
    • TDW Lalicker “A Basic Introduction...” (15-26)
    • TDW Gibson “From the Peculiar Case...” (100-112)

W5: Language Rights, Latino/a Students

Feb 11

  • Interview/Observation report due today
  • Research topic choice due today
  • reading response 4
    • Students' Right to Their Own Language, Conference on College Composition and Communication, p. 1-23.
    • TDW Anzaldua (329-339)
    • TDW Bernstein (417-428)
    • Jaffe, "Changing Perceptions, and Ultimately Practices, of BW Instructors through the Familia Approach" in Teaching Writing with Latino/a Students, p. 169-190 (electronic reserve, Bell Library)

W6: BW Research, History of the Field, Autonmous Literacy

Feb 18

  • reading response 5
  • BB intro by Adler-Kassner and Glau (online)
  • "Basic Writing As A Political Act: Public Conversations About Writing and Literacies" by Linda Adler-Kassner and Susanmarie Harrington, pp. 1-60

W7: BW and Media, Public, and Politics

Feb 25


W8: Assessment/Mainstreaming BW

Mar 4

  • reading response 7
  • TDW “Assessment” “CCCC Position Statement” (390-400)
  • TDW Harley & Cannon (400-417)
  • 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, electronic reserve)

W9: Language Diversity & Grammar

Mar 11

  • working annotated bib due today
  • reading response 8
  • Bean et al, Second-Language Writing in the Composition Classroom (pp. 225-239) (paper reserve)
  • TDW Jordan (340-355)
  • TDW Thurston (356-368)
  • TDW Neuleib & Brosnahan (145-152)
  • Anderson, chapt. 3 (Bell library, electronic reserve)

Spring Break (March 16-20)


W10: ESL/EFL, 1.5 generation immigrant

Mar 25

  • reading response 9
  • Canagarajah, Second-Language Writing, (p. 210-224) (paper reserve)
  • Matsuda & Silva, Second-Language Writing, (p. 246-259) (paper reserve)
  • Johns, Second-Language Writing, (p. 284-296) (paper reserve)

W11: Responding to Student Writing

Apr 1

  • April 2 Author's Day Reading: Cyrus Cassells 7pm, BH104?
  • reading response 10
  • TDW, Shaughnessy, "Some New Approaches toward Teaching," (p. 2-14)
  • Haswell, "Remediality: Bottom and Top," (p. 267-284) (electronic reserve)

W12: The Way Literacy Lives

Apr 8

  • Teaching Portfolio due today, discussion of drafts
  • reading response week 11
  • Huot, "Reading Like a Teacher" (p. 109-136) (Bell Library, electronic reserve)
  • The Way Literacy Lives (chapters 1-3, pp. 1-60)

W13: The Way Literacy Lives

Apr 15

  • reading response 12
  • Final posting to "Mapping the Field"
  • The Way Literacy Lives (chapters 4-conclusion, pp. 61-152)

W14: Presentations of Research

Apr 22

  • peer review drafts of research project/presentation
  • course evaluations
  • final discussion

W15: Presentations of Research

Apr 29

  • Final Research Project due anytime before May 6th
  • Last day of class
  • Conference Presentations

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