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ENGL 3360 _Spring 2011_ Course Syllabus

ENGL 3360 _Spring 2011_ Course Syllabus

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Course Policies . . . . . . .2
Writing Workshop
English Certification
Course Policies . . . . . . .3
Late Work
Technology Issues
Office Hours
Paper Format
Social Networking Tools
Course Calendar
Philosophy of Teaching
Learning Outcomes . . . 4
Grade Distribution
Grading Scale
University Policies . . . . 5
Grade Appeal Process
Dropping a Class
Classroom Behavior
Academic Advising
University Policies . . . . 6
Reminder (ENGL Majors)
Diversity Statement
Disability Statement
Daily Schedule . . . . . . . 7
Prerequisites for thiscourse:
English 1301 and1302; at least one readingcourse.
Course Description
English 3360 is an amalgam of writing workshop, teaching practicum, andcomposition theory course. Its purpose is to introduce you to the currentresearch in literacy, writing, and the teaching of writing to the end of helping to prepare you to be a more effective, reflective, and informedlanguage arts teacher in either an elementary, middle, or secondary publicschool. To this end, we will complicate and question our ideas of literacyand language:
What is literacy?
In America today, what does it mean to be literate?
How can we encourage and develop our students various stages andforms of literacy?
As teachers, what are our beliefs about literacy and language, and howdo they affect our roles/strategies in the classroom?
How can we respect the various forms of literacy that students bring toour classrooms, at the same time that we are preparing them for thevarious cultural, professional, technological, social, and civic discoursesthat they will need to participate in to be fulfilled members of oursociety?We will also build knowledge, materials, tools, and strategies to help youbecome an informed, confident, reflective teacher of literacy in yourfuture/current position/degree.
Professor: Dr. Billie Hara
Twitter: @ProfHara
Phone: (361) 825-2360
Office: FC 274A
Course Blog:http://engl3360.wordpress.com/ 
Office Hours: 3:30 to 5:00 and by appt.
Ray, Katie Wood.
The Writing Workshop: Working Through the HardParts (And They're All Hard Parts)
. NCTE 2001.
Strickland, Kathleen & James.
Engaged in Learning: Teaching English 6-12
. Heinemann, 2002.
A few library reserve articles
Internet access
Portable storage medium (e.g. flash drive)
A few dollars on your SandDollar card for printouts.
ENGL 3360.203 and 204
T/TH: 2:00-3:15 and 5:30 to 6:45
Current Approaches to Composition and Literature
Spring 2011
Writing Workshop
 This class is designed as a hands-on writing workshop class. You will have an active role as you work onthe phases of each project and respond to the work of your classmates. In addition, from yourclassmates you will receive feedback for your work. Because of this approach, you need to be in class.You will treat this class as a professional workspace. Writing is an active process, and the more youactively participate, the better results you will see in your writing progress. Absences will affect yourperformance just as absences will affect your performance at the workplace.
(10% of course total), distributed at the end of the course.Professionalism comprises several important traits, particularly collegiality and participation.1. Collegiality refers toa. collaborative interaction with your instructor and peers,b. constructive conversation with your peers, andc. mature, respectful attitude and behavior overall.2. Participation refers toa. consistent involvement in all aspects of class,b. meaningful oral and written contributions to examination of course concepts, andc. insightful investigation, asking questions as necessary for clarification and edification.3. Both of the above aspects require regular discussion and attendance.(See attendance policy below.)4. Aside from the above aspects, the main questions I ask myself regarding yourprofessionalism grade are whether I would write a letter of recommendation or bewilling to serve as a reference for you at the end of class. Hence, this part of the grade ismeant to remind you that your performance here has ramifications beyond the classroom.
 Your attendance becomes vitally important. You must attend and be on time for class, because thework we will do during class will be crucial to your understanding of the material and your success in thecourse. To be considered present, you must be in class on time, participate in all class activities, andremain in class for the entire period.
If dire circumstances cause you to miss class, let me know and I will work with you.
The only excused absence is a university sanctioned one. Extra-curricular (non-academic)activities are not sufficient cause to miss this class or to be late with an assignment.Additionally, being sick is not an excused absence.
Excessive absences will lower your final grade: after three absences, you will lose oneletter grade. At six absences, you lose two letter grades. At nine absences (three weeks of a T/Th course), you fail the course.
If you arrive at class after your name is called, you are tardy. Two tardies equal oneunexcused absence.
English Secondary Certification Students
 Do not rush into the professional development segment of your career by attempting to take theEnglish Language Arts and Reading TExES 8-12 too soon. Before you attempt the exam, youshould:
Complete at least 80% of the course work in the major before doing the field-based trainingand student teaching.
Make an appointment to see the English Language Arts & Reading 8-12 TExES coordinator if you have not done so. Contact Dr. Vanessa Jackson (FC 286, x5828). She controlsregistration for the exam and the mandatory review sessions. Go to this website to obtainTExES Study Guides:http://www.texes.ets.org/prepMaterials/.
Attend at least one TExES review session, preferably two. Try to attend one about a year beforeyou plan to take the exam, then again right before your exam. Review session times will beannounced in class.
Course policies
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Late Work
I will take any essay up to a week late (Monday to Monday, for example) without a grade penalty.However, when you submit your work late, I do not put comments on your work. Since I usually allowrevision on certain major documents, this will hurt your grade. I will not accept late work after the lastday of classes (no exceptions).
Technology Issues
ENGL 3360 course relies heavily on access to computers, specific software, and the Internet. At somepoint during the semester, you WILL have a problem with technology: your laptop will crash, a file willbecome corrupted, a server will go down, or something else will occur
These are facts, notemergencies. Technology problems are no excuse for unfinished work. Count on "stuff" happening andprotect yourself by doing the following: Plan ahead – start early, particularly if scarce resources arerequired. Save work often – at least every ten minutes. Make regular backups of files in a differentlocation from the originals. Save drafts of work at multiple stages. When editing an image, set asidethe original and work with a copy. Practice safe computing when surfing the web and checking email.On your personal computer, install and use software to control viruses and malware.
Office Hours
 During the office hours posted on the first page, I will be in my office and available to talk with youabout any questions, comments, or concerns you have about the course. Please stop by and see meduring these hours. If those hours do not work for you, email me, and we will find a mutuallyconvenient time.
Paper Format
All out-of-class writing, including rough drafts, must be word-processed and in the format discussed inclass. (This is generally double-spaced, normal font (Times New Roman or Ariel) in a 12-point font, 1” margins.)
Twitter and other Social Networking Tools
I am an avid social media user. As time allows, we will use some social networking tools in class. Inaddition to regular office hours, I am on the Twitter network as @ProfHara. You can follow me if youwish. In the Twitter space, you can ask brief questions (140 characters), and I will reply to you.
Course Calendar
In the course calendar that follows, you will find what we will be doing each day, what you areexpected to read or write for homework. The course calendar is very important, and you areresponsible for completing all the assignments listed. Keep in mind, too, that writing can be a longerprocess than I can image now as I construct this syllabus. Therefore, I reserve the right to makechanges to this syllabus as we move through the semester. If we do make changes, do not bealarmed. The changes will most often benefit you. Those changes, however, will NOT be to move adate up early; if I have to change a date, it will be to give you more time to complete anassignment.
Philosophy of Teaching
 My teaching philosophy centers on ideas of critical / relational pedagogy, and the central goals aresimple. The critical: I will challenge you to think differently about the writing, about the world, andeven about yourself. The relational: while the responsibility for learning belongs to you, we will dothe work together. I support your products and your efforts. Additionally, I will not tell you what tothink or what to do. My role, as I see it, is to push you to think and do differently than you have.
Course policies
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