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Reading together

Perusall logoWe’ll use Perusall to annotate and read together. Link here to Perusall.

Designing Together

I look forward to designing educational spaces and activities together.



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ENGL 534: Literature/Language/Composition (aka English Education Capstone)
Spring 2023
Mondays & Wednesdays 4:00-5:15pm

decorativeDr. Kim Jaxon, Professor of English (Composition & Literacy)
Office hours: by appointment. Email me and we can meet in person or via Zoom at a time that is convenient to you.
Email:  (best way to reach me)
Email for sharing Google Docs:
Twitter: @drjaxon

Course Description

Welcome to English 534! I look forward to thinking about all things teaching and learning with you. Here’s a quick overview of the course:

  • Class Population: This is the capstone course for students in the English Education option of the English Major. My assumption is that your career plan is to teach English in a middle or high school, and the course’s materials, activities, and assignments are designed with that assumption in mind. If that is not your career plan, I’ll offer options for other educational contexts, but we will spend the semester thinking about teaching.
  • Purpose: The course’s title indicates its curricular mandate: to help you craft a meaningful negotiation of the competing and complementary subdisciplines of English. In your college career, you have been privileged to experience separate courses devoted to literature, academic writing, linguistics, literacy, and creative writing, among others. As an English teacher, you will lose the luxury of these classes’ specificity, and will instead need to provide your students with a coherent experience of all of these aspects of English (along with the fundamentals of reading, speaking, and listening) within single English classes. English 534 provides you with opportunities to see the landscape of English as a synthesized single discipline, and to take steps toward becoming a member of the professional community of English educators.
  • Design: This incarnation of English 534 is subtitled “Making English.” I use the term “making” since we will design, craft, undo, and remix all the things we know about the teaching and learning in English. We will continually play with digital practices too as a way to support the teaching and learning of English.
  • Structure: As the capstone course in your major, this class is attempting to prepare you for a career as an educator. When you become a teacher, you will make myriad decisions each day, and those decisions will need to come from your own knowledge, experience, and judgment. Those decisions may also be challenging, overwhelming, and exhausting. The structure of the course is designed to give you experience making these kinds of professional choices in a safe environment. To that end, the primary assignments are focused on designing curriculum for middle- and high-school English classes or out of school educational settings, and in the process of designing those materials you will have the chance to understand the complex decision-making educators face on a daily basis.


We’ll read some texts together and some in small teams. Nothing to buy for our class: I purchased class sets of the Young Adult novels, and other texts are available digitally in a site we’ll use called Perusall.

Young Adult Literature Choice (we’ll talk about the choices during our first class session). I have class sets of these texts, so you won’t need to purchase.

All read:

Book club selections:

Book in a Box texts (again, Kim will provide):

Assignments (full descriptions on the Assignments page)

  • Projects: 100 points (30% of grade)
    • Unit Plan (75 points)
    • Reflection (25 points)
  • Presentations & Collaboration:  100 points (30% of grade)
    • Leading class sessions (trying out lesson plans) (teams) (40 points)
    • Writing Assignment swap (60 points)
  • Doing Things Together: 130 points (Readings, Discussions, Annotations) (40% of grade)
    • Reading & Discussions (1o@10 points/100 points)
    • Book in a Box (30 points)
  • Total: 330 points

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

Participation (please read)

I am not a fan of attendance policies. They are uninviting and too much like school for me. Over 20+ years of teaching, I’ve tried out every possible configuration, including no policy at all.  Since we meet twice per week, and this course is closer to a graduate level class, I’d like to recommend that you miss no more than four class sessions. No questions asked. Any more and I fear you’ll feel out of the loop and our community. Our job as a class: create an environment where you want to be here and missing is simply due to some life going on… And, of course, please don’t come to class if you are ill. We’ll figure it out.

  • A note about Data ethics: I take the privacy and security of student data seriously. Here is a helpful link to information about Google’s privacy policies. You can find links to manage your activity and stay informed about the way Google uses your information. Link to Perusall’s privacy statement here. I do not track user information on my WordPress site and you will not need to log in to use.

COVID Information from Chico State:

What You Should Do if You are Symptomatic or Test Positive for COVID-19

  1. If you are symptomatic or test positive, stay at home; do not come to campus.
  2. Call the COVID-19 hotline (530-898-2222) and follow its guidance.
  3. COVID-19 testing is easily available in Whitney Hall. The site is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with rapid tests (results within 30 minutes) available.

Meeting Basic Needs

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, is urged to contact the Wildcat Basic Needs Program. Furthermore, please notify the professor if you are comfortable in doing so. This will enable her to provide any resources that she may possess.

Americans with Disabilities Act

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability or chronic illness, please 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 (530-898-6345) or Safe Place (530-898-3030).  Information about campus reporting obligations and other Title IX related resources are available here: