ETAP 530: Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum

Spring 2011
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In this course you will be asked to

  • attend class meetings and participate in classroom activities and discussions;

  • read the assigned texts by the appropriate date and be prepared to discuss them in class;

  • participate in a writing group and a study group (see below);

  • and complete the following major assignments:

    1. a literacy narrative;

    2. a summary/response paper on an assigned reading;

    3. a case study of a student writer/reader;

    4. a collaborative unit plan;

    5. a final reflective essay.

Detailed guidelines for each of these assignments are available on the assignments page.



Group Work

As part of the requirements for the major course assignments you will be a member of two groups during the semester:

  1. a writing group of three or four students;

  2. a study group of five or six students.

Writing Groups. For the first month of the semester, much of the work of this course will be done in interdisciplinary writing groups consisting of 3 or 4 students. In these writing groups students will share and respond to drafts of a course writing assignment and support each other's inquiry into their experiences as writers and readers. Guidelines will be provided for this work, and each student will have responsibility for helping his or her group function effectively by coming to each class meeting fully prepared for the work the group will be doing together.

Study Groups. Study groups will consist of 4-6 students (ideally in the same content area) and will convene during most class meetings after the fourth week of the semester. They will have three main functions:

  1. to facilitate discussions of assigned course readings through the Summary/Response Papers (See the guidelines for the summary/response papers and study group discussions);

  2. to support studentsí work on the Case Study Assignment (see the guidelines for the Case Study of a Student Writer/Reader);

  3. to collaborate on a unit plan (see the guidelines for the unit plan).



Participation and Community

One of the most important elements of effective teaching and learning is participation in the classroom and school communities. As a teacher, you will not only help create a community in your own classroom, but you will also be part of the school community and, by extension, the larger community within which your school is located. Accordingly, in ETAP 512 we take the idea of community seriously. The group work as well as regular course activities are intended to involve you in helping create a community of learners in this course. As a group member, you will have responsibility for contributing positively and honestly to the work of your group and to its effective functioning as a community. Please take this responsibility seriously.