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Reading together

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

Instructions for joining Perusall on the Getting Started page.

Designing Together

I look forward to designing educational spaces and activities together.

You can read about course design in a piece I wrote for Connected Learning here.



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.

ENGL 534: Literature/Lang/Composition (aka English Education Capstone)
Spring 2022
Thursdays 5:00-7:50pm in ARTS 306a

Pre-/co-requisites: Graduating senior status (you should be graduating Spring 2022 or Fall 2022); you should have taken or currently be enrolled in ENGL 335, ENGL 375, and ENGL 441.

decorativeDr. Kim Jaxon, Professor of English (Composition & Literacy)
Office: ARTS 262
Office hours: Wednesdays 4:00-5:00; Thursdays 1:00-2:00 and 4:00-5:00; by appointment (email me; happy to find a time that works for both of us and we can meet via Zoom).
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 English teacher. 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.

Professional Books:

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.

Assignments (full descriptions on the Assignments page)

  • Projects: 100 points (40% of grade)
    • Unit Plan (75 points)
    • Portfolio (25 points)
  • Presentations & Collaboration: 70 points (30% of grade)
    • Creating activity and assignment (25 points)
    • Leading in class activity (teams) (20 points)
    • Writing Assignment swap (25 points)
  • Doing Things Together: 80 points (Readings, Discussions, Annotations) (30% of grade)
    • Reading & Discussions (~8@10 points/80 points)
  • Total: 250 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 once per week, and this course is closer to a graduate level class, I’d like to recommend that you can miss TWO class sessions. No questions asked. Any more than two sessions 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.

COVID Information for Spring 2022 from Chico State:

COVID-19 Boosters Are Required: Last month, the CSU announced that COVID-19 booster shots will be required for anyone accessing campus facilities, unless they have an approved exemption.

You are eligible for a booster five months after the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or two months after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If the timing of your original vaccination leaves you ineligible for a booster by the CSU’s February 28 deadline, you will be required to submit confirmation that you have received a booster within 14 days of becoming eligible.

To help our campus get boosted, the University will host on-campus booster clinics on February 1 and 2 in the BMU Auditorium. If you have not already received a booster, we strongly encourage you to do so as soon as possible.

COVID-19 Testing is Strongly Encouraged before the Beginning of the Semester: PCR tests are available at commercial pharmacies (Walgreens, CVS, etc.) and at our testing site on campus in Whitney Hall, Room 101. Appointments are required.

Masks are Required: Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a face covering while indoors in campus facilities.

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.

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 (898-6345) or Safe Place (898-3030).  Information about campus reporting obligations and other Title IX related resources are available here: