English 4790, Summer I 2013
Teaching Writing in Secondary Schools
Learning to write can empower students to trust and value their own words and voice, to inquire more deeply into knowledge and ideas, to be creative, to better understand themselves and the world around them, and to speak out clearly and cogently on topics that matter.
Facilitating the power of writing will be the focus of this section of English 4790 Teaching Writing in the Secondary Schools. Aspiring and practicing teachers will write about and put into cultural context their own experiences learning to write, learn about fostering student individuality, independence and creativity in writing workshops, examine effective ways to improve student writing that go beyond cook-book approaches, and learn how to develop and integrate writing into socially, culturally, and politically meaningful curriculum relevant to young people and the world today. We will thoughtfully consider the new Common Core State Standards and ways to help students meet and exceed them.
Class will be held in a wireless, laptop classroom in Brown Hall specifically designed for English education courses. This room will allow us to integrate technology into language arts teaching in a "classroom of the future." Our class will be organized by our on-line syllabus that also serves as an electronic, hyperlinked, textbook. Future teachers will work extensively with multimedia digital writing platforms to prepare them to foster the online composing, collaboration, revision, and publication of their students. We will be working with teacher created, free, Internet resources, not for-profit corporate materials. (See SchoolTM) The course will clearly draw on recent research in teaching of writing.
Technological change is reshaping the world our students will be living in as this now classic video indicates:
Course discussions will be significantly extended in the class on-line discussion forum on the English Companion Ning, a remarkable resource with, at the time our course begins, 38,730 English teacher members.
As the capstone experience for English Education majors, this course entails an exciting variety of professional activities and responsibilities. You should join NCTE, MCTE, and/or MRA and read regularly the English Journal or Voices from the Middle.
I have created resources that maybe helpful to you in your journey toward certification and employment as a secondary English teacher. With former students I have created an extensive wiki about seeking a job teaching secondary English and a webpage of information for aspiring teachers. Information about the Michigan Teacher Certification test is available on the MTTC website, and on the MTTC page on the English Job wiki. You may also want to review information about intern teaching.
This highly condensed summer semester course offers 4-credit hours at double speed. We are meeting 7 hours per week in class, with substantial reading, course work, and meetings with student groups outside of class time. It will difficult to be successful in this class if you are taking other courses or working many hours.
Class participation is vital in 4790 and one class meeting of a summer course equals a full week during the regular semester. Missing 2 classes will lower the grade and missing 3 or more classes may lead to failing. See my philosophy regarding participation and attendance.
Being a college student can be stressful; WMU has many resources to foster student health and well being and there are resources on line, such as esperanza. English 4790 also offer free on-line therapy from Eliza!
My office is 723 Sprau Tower, 387-2605. Office hours are after class and by appointment. You can always reach me via email.
May 9 Thursday: Literacy Practices & Common Core Standards I
May 14 Tuesday: Literacy Practices & Common Core II
May 16 Thursday: Literacy Practices & Common Core III
May 21 Tuesday: Literacy Practices & Common Core IV
May 28 Tuesday: Writing Workshop II
May 30 Thursday: Responding to Writers
June 4 Tuesday: Social Justice and Writing Instruction I
June 6 Thursday: Social Justice and Writing Instruction II
June 11 Tuesday: Multi-enre Writing I
June 13 Thursday: Multigenre Writing II, Writing and ELL Students
June 18 Tuesday: Writing and ELL Students, Writing Centers
June 20 Thursday: Writing Across the Curriculum; Writing in Alternative Schools
June 25 Tuesday: Final Project and Class Evaluation
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