Spring 2020

ENG-W 501, Practicum on the Teaching of Composition

Course Dates: 1/13/2020 - 5/8/2020

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Course Description

In this class, we will consider the role of writing in the contemporary university. Our term begins with a study of what kinds of writing students find meaningful in college (Lerner et al.) and what kinds of writing assignments they encounter as they move across the curriculum (Melzer). Moving closer to the undergraduate writing requirement, we will explore the curricular debates surrounding first-year writing and how new research about transfer is impacting the way the field teaches first-year writing (Yancey et al). In the last third of the class, we will review threshold concepts in writing studies that bring together the concerns of writing across the university and the undergraduate writing requirement (Adler-Kassner and Wardle). Finally, we'll examine the historical roots of the trends we've been tracing throughout the term (Miller). Along the way, we'll write short response papers and teaching philosophy statements, formal assignment prompts and creative reflections, and a brief research report on an aspect of composition that is of interest to us. These materials will be assembled and synthesized in a portfolio due the last week of the term.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

Learning Materials

Adler-Kassner, Linda and Elizabeth Wardle, Naming What We Know, Threshold Concepts of Writing Studies. Utah State UP, 2014. ISBN: 978-1607325772

Eodice, Michelle, Anne Ellen Geller, and Neal Lerner. The Meaningful Writing Project. Utah State UP, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-60732-579-6

Melzer, Dan. Assignments Across the Curriculum. Utah State UP, 2014. ISBN: 978-0874219395

Miller, Susan, editor. The Norton Book of Composition Studies. Norton, 2009. ISBN: 978-0393931358

Yancey, Robertson, Taczak, Writing Across Contexts. Utah State UP, 2014 (Paper): 978-0874219371


Reading and Discussion Responses (10 total): 20%
Assignment Prompts & Creative Reflection: 25%
Annotated Bibliography & Research Report: 20%
Multimodal Presentation: 15%
Final Portfolio 20%