English 521:
Composition Theory and Pedagogy

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(Note: CT refers to Cross-Talk in Comp Theory, edited by Victor Villanueva; CWW refers to Contending With Words, edited by Harkin & Schilb. CP refers to the course packet, available from Shipmates.)


August 28

Introduction to course
What is Composition?
September 4

Exploration of Writing as Process

Draft of First Essay due

Readings: Elbow, Writing Without Teachers; Lindemann, A Rhetoric for Writing Teachers, chapt 3; Lauer, "Rhetorical Approach" (CP); Murray, "Teach Writing as a Process" (CT); Murray, Writing as Process" (CP); Perl, "Understanding Composing" (CP).
September 11

Exploration of Writing as a Process, continued: Cognitive Perspectives

Revised version of First Essay due

Readings: Flower & Hayes, "Cognitive Process" (CT); Emig, "Mode of Learning" (CT); Rose, "Language" (CT); Perl, "Composing Processes" (CT); Sommers, "Revision Strategies" (CT); Bizzell, "Cognition" (CT).

September 18

No Class (holiday)

September 25

Exploration of Writing as a Process, continued: Social Perspectives

Readings: Lunsford and Ede, "Audience" (CT); Brodkey, "On the Subjects of Class and Gender" (CT); Berlin, "Major Theories" (CT); Bartholomae, "Inventing" (CT); Flynn, "Composing as a Woman" (CT); Yagelski, "Who's Afraid of Subjectivity?" (CP).

October 2

What Happens When We Teach Writing? The "G" Word

Readings: Hartwell, "Grammar" (CT); Shaughnessy, "Diving In" (CT); Delpit (CT)

October 9

What Happens When We Teach Writing? The Individual vs. the Social

Draft of Second Essay due

Readings: Bartholomae and Elbow Debate (CT, 479-510)

October 16

What Happens When We Teach Writing? Postmodern Perspectives

Revised version of Second Essay due

Readings: Bialostosky; Clifford, Jarratt; Sosnoski (all in CWW); Berlin: Rhetoric and Ideology" (CT).

October 23

What Happens When We Teach Writing? The Role of Technology

Readings: Rodrigues & Rodrigues, "How Word Processing" (CP); Duin & Hansen, "Reading and Writing on Computer Networks" (CP).

October 30

What Happens When We Teach Writing? An Eco-Perspective

Readings: Yagelski, Computers, Literacy, and Being"; Introduction, Dobrin, Owens, Weisser, Long, Connolly (all in Ecocomposition)

November 6

What Happens When we Teach Writing? Assessment.

Readings: Elbow, "Writing Assessment" (CP)

November 13

How Should We Teach Writing?

Begin work on Final Project: Course Syllabus

Readings: Readings: Lindemann, chapter 14; Connors, "Abolition Debate" (CP); Bartholomae, "What is Composition?" (CP)

November 20

How Should We Teach Writing? (continued)

Statement of Purpose for a Writing Course

Readings: Lindemann, chapters 1 and 4; Booth, "The Rhetorical Stance" (CP)

November 27

How Should We Teach Writing? (continued)

Constructing Writing Assignments

Readings: Lindemann, chapters 8, 9, 10, and 13

December 4

How Should We Teach Writing? (continued)

Creating Lessons

Readings: Lindemann, chapters 6, 7, 11, and 12.

December 11

Last Class Meeting

December 16

Final Projects Due