Shelley Reid


English 615:  Composition Instruction—Pedagogy & Theory

Spring 2005 Course Schedule


First Inquiry:  Responding to Students and Their Writing

Week 1, Jan. 25:

  • Bean: Chapter 1 (by 1/28)
  • Corbett:  Elbow, "Contraries" (by 1/28)
  • WebCT: Macrorie, "The Poison Fish"; Lamott, "First Drafts" (by 1/28)

Draft of Warm-up Essay due for in-class workshop—bring 3 copies

First three e-posts due by 1/31: One post about writers/writing, one post about a text, and at least one response to another post


Week 2, Feb. 1:

  • Straub: Sommers, "Responding"; Daiker, "Praise";
  • Bean: Chapter 14
  • Straub:  "What if Drugs" essay and comments (make yours first!)

Revision of Warm-up Essay, with Post Script; draft(s) optional

Think about Reading Response #1 and Short Project #1

Three more e-posts due by 2/7: Post & respond about a text; one extra post

Guest teacher tonight:


Week 3, Feb. 8:

  • Bean:  Chapter 15
  • Straub: Elbow, "Ranking"
  • WebCT:  Sprinkle, "Written Commentary"
  • Straub: "John Cougar" essay and comments

First Reading Response: Posted to WebCT

Schedule Short Project #1 Conference for next week

Guest teachers tonight:

Access WebCT articles by logging in to and clicking on Readings.  Access JSTOR (etc.) by linking from the Databases page of; you can use the "browse" function on JSTOR to go straight to the journal/issue itself.

Second Inquiry:  Designing Assignments

Week 4, Feb. 15:

  • Corbett:  Fulkerson, "Four Philosophies"
  • JSTOR:  Mark Wiley, "Formulaic Writing"  English Journal 90.1 (2000)
    WebCT:  Freire, "Banking Education"

Assignment Prompt Draft (SP#2) due for workshop

Thinking about Exploration Essay, Part 1

Guest teachers tonight:

Week 5, Feb. 22:

  • JSTOR: Linda Flower, "Writer-Based Prose"College English 41.1(1979)
  • JSTOR:  Sommers, "Revision Strategies"  College Composition & Communication 31.4 (1980)

Draft of Exploration Essay due for workshop (2 copies, anonymous)

Guest teachers tonight:


Week 6, Mar. 1

  • Corbett: Fahnstock & Secor, "Teaching Argument"
  • Corbett: Lamb, "Beyond"
  • Bean: Chapter 12
  • WPA OS:

Pedagogy Response #1

Short Project #2

Begin browsing for texts for SP #3

Guest teachers tonight:

Third Inquiry:  Teachers and Students, Roles and Goals

Week 7, Mar. 8

  • WebCT: Bartholomae, "Inventing the University"
  • Corbett:  Murray, "Listening Eye"

Revised Exploration draft (+Post Script and drafts in folder)

Email top 3 composition-teaching questions/problems/scenarios by Monday

Mid-semester check-in:  E-posts, etc.

Choose issues and collaborative pairs/groups for Inquiry Project

Guest teacher tonight:

Spring Break

Week 8, Mar. 22

Computer classroom

  • JSTOR:  Kenneth Bruffee, "Collaborative Learning"
    College English 46.7 (1984)
  • JSTOR: Brooke, "Underlife" College Comp. & Comm. 38.2 (1987)
  • Online: Leverenz, "Peer Response"Journal of Advanced Composition

Short Project #3

Guest teachers tonight:


Week 9, Mar.29:

Computer classroom

  • Corbett: Shaughnessy, "Diving In"
  • WebCT:  Rose, "Average"
  • WebCT (optional):  Herzberg, "Service Learning"

Reading Response #2 or Pedagogy Response #2

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Week 10, Apr.  5:

  • ProQuest: Lisa Delpit, "The Silenced Dialogue" Harvard Educational Review 58 (1988)
  • WebCT: J. Reid, "Issues in ESL Writing"
  • WebCT (optional): Ferris, "L 1.5 Composition"

Inquiry Groups:  Outlines and/or drafts for in-class workshop (4 copies)

SP#4 "sketches" (3 copies)—bring your textbook(s)

Set up individual and/or collaborative conferences

Guest teachers tonight:

Fourth Inquiry:  The Rhetorics of Rules & Regs

Week 11, Apr. 12:

  • JSTOR:  Patrick Hartwell, "Grammar Grammars"Coll. Engl. 47 (1985)
  • WebCT:  Devet, "Welcoming Grammar"
  • WebCT (optional): Weaver, "Reconceptualizing"
  • Bring a writing handbook; bring your SP#4 sketch

Group A:  Exploration Essay Revision & Expansion draft (2 copies)

Reading Response #2 or Pedagogy Response #2

Guest teachers tonight:


Week 12, April 19:

  • JSTOR:  Rebecca Howard, "Academic Death Penalty"
    College English 57.7 (1995)
  • WPA Plag.: (PDF)
  • GMU General Education Handbook, TBA

Group B:  Exploration Essay Revision & Expansion draft (2 copies)

Expanded SP#4: Second generation draft

Set up individual and/or collaborative conferences

Collaborative Inquiry Presentation?  Guest Teacher?

Fifth Inquiry:  To Boldly Go…

Week 13, Apr. 26:

  • Corbett:  Hawisher & Selfe, "Rhetoric of Technology"
  • Online:  Leslie Blair, "Teaching Composition Online"

SP#5:  Draft for workshop (3 copies)

Collaborative Inquiry Presentations:


Week 14, May 3:

  • WebCT:  Nist & Raines, "Two-Year Colleges"
  • Online:  Professional Position Statements (TBA)

Collaborative Inquiry Presentations

Portfolios & reflections, looking back and looking ahead

Final Portfolio:  Turn in Tuesday May 10, time TBA.




Last updated August 2005.Email Shelley Reid