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ENGL 333: Advanced Composition for Future Teachers

MW 3:00-3:50 in ARTS 105
Section 02: Fall 2019
Dr. Kim Jaxon

Office Hours (ARTS 262): MW 4:30-5:30, W 1:00-200, and by appointment
Email for sharing Google Docs:
Twitter: @drjaxon

Teaching Associate (TA): Jesse De Mercurio 

Course Description

At its most fundamental level, argue our textbook’s authors Katie Wood Ray and Lisa Cleaveland, writing is making. People in general, but children especially, like making things–whether with legos, or crayons, or play-doh, or even words. In this class, we will be thinking about writing (and the teaching of writing) as a way of making things with language. Just like making anything, writing can be challenging, exciting, fun, terrifying, frustrating, infuriating, and joyful–sometimes all at the same time. But, the more we make things with words, the more we do the things that writers regularly do, the more we identify ourselves as writers, the better we get at writing or the better we get at seeking resources for our writing challenges. And the better we are at doing something (like writing), and the more we identify as writers ourselves, the better we will be at teaching others to write. With that in mind, we will be making a lot of things with words this semester, with an eye to helping you think of yourself as a writer who can help your students become writers themselves.

California’s school teachers across all grade levels are required to teach students to write narrative, informational, and persuasive texts, and to help students become cognizant of the processes they go through as they compose. Our course will be structured around a series of Make Cycles that will help us understand our own uses of narration, exposition, and argumentation, and become more metacognitive about our own writing processes. Each Make Cycle will be a 2-week period during which we will read and talk about ideas related to writing and teaching writing, and then make text-rich projects in a number of forms and genres, for a variety of purposes and audiences.

Texts and Materials

  • Wood-Ray, Katie and Lisa Cleaveland. About the Authors: Writing Workshop with Our Youngest Writers. Required. *Note: I did not order this text through the campus bookstore. Please order from your book seller of choice. The link above will take you to Amazon.
  • Various online readings available on this course website.

Other info

  • This course will not use Blackboard. Instead, we will use our course website and a Google+ community to share our work. I believe that students, especially future teachers,  should be working with digital platforms that are available in the world.
  • The best method to contact me is through my email, I will make my best effort to respond to all communications within 24 hours.

Course Goals

  • You will practice various composing processes.
  • You will learn to recognize writer’s craft choices in the texts you read and write.
  • You will practice producing readable and interesting texts that reflect the conventions of academic and emerging genres.
  • You will read about current theories and practices in writing instruction.
  • You will learn the Common Core State Standards for the teaching of writing in elementary schools, and understand effective teaching strategies that will help your future students meet those standards.
  • We will endeavor to make writing playful and purposeful.

Your Grade (see Assignments page for full descriptions)

  • G+ Community Discussions (7@10 points: 70 points total)
    • Response to Peer (7@5 points: 35 points total)
  • Make Cycle Projects (6@25 points; 150 points total)
  • Review Board: Highlighting Peer’s work (15 points)
  • Creating a Writing Assignment (20 points)
    • Partner tries out assignment (15 points)
    • Reflection & Revision of assignment (10 points)
  • Picture Book Gallery Walk (20 points)
  • Manifesto on Teaching Writing (30 points)

Total: 365

(Grade: 95-100%=A, 90-94%=A-, 85-89%=B+, 80-84%=B, etc)

Attendance: Seriously, I am not a fan of attendance policies. They are uninviting and too much like school for me. Over 20 years of teaching, I have tried out every possible configuration, including no policy at all. This is the one I’ve landed on that makes me, and hopefully you, the most comfortable: you may miss class 3 times for any reason. You may miss 4 times and drop a letter grade. After 4, you’ve missed more than two weeks of class and you’ll need to retake the course. Our job as a class: create an environment where you want to be here and missing is simply due to some life going on…

I look forward to working together this semester!

Any student who has difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or who lacks a safe and stable place to live, and believes this may affect their performance in the course, is urged to contact the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry. Furthermore, please notify the professor if you are comfortable in doing so. This will enable her to provide any resources that she may possess. You can find many, many campus resources HERE too.

Americans with Disabilities Act

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability or chronic illness, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Please also contact Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) as they are the designated department responsible for approving and coordinating reasonable accommodations and services for students with disabilities. ARC will help you understand your rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act and provide you further assistance with requesting and arranging accommodations.

Confidentiality and Mandatory Reporting

As a Chico State professor, one of my responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment for Chico State students.  It is my goal that you feel able to share information related to your life experiences in classroom discussions, in your written work, and in our one-on-one meetings. I will seek to keep information you share private to the greatest extent possible.  However, I am required to share information regarding sexual misconduct with the University.

Students may speak to someone confidentially by contacting the Counseling and Wellness Center (898-6345) or Safe Place (898-3030).  Information about campus reporting obligations and other Title IX related resources are available here:

Mechoopda Acknowledgement

We acknowledge and are mindful that CSU, Chico stands on lands that were originally occupied by the first people of this area, and we recognize the Mechoopda and their distinctive spiritual relationship with this land and the waters that run through campus. We are humbled that our campus resides upon sacred lands that once sustained the Mechoopda people for centuries.