Shelley Reid


English 615
Composition Pedagogy

Course Schedule

Spring 2007  --  Thursday 4:30-7:10 
Professor E. Shelley Reid


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  First Inquiry Second inquiry
  Third Inquiry Fourth Inquiry


First Inquiry:  Responding to Student(s) Writing


In Class

Reading Due

Writing Due


Week 1,

Jan. 25



Tech calisthenics,

Warm-up warm-up

Meet in IN 333

E-Res (in-class): Macrorie, "The Poison Fish"; Lamott, "First Drafts"

Online (in-class):  GMU Composition Website, Faculty Resources:

Optional reading assignments: please complete any two (2) this semester.

Critical Reading Stratgies:  Optional; see handout/website for more details





Optional: SFD of Warm-up Essay:  Post (anon) to WebCT by 1/29 midnight; respond at least to the one just below yours by 1/31 6pm

Access WebCT by logging in to and click on Readings.  Access the E-reserves

from Access JSTOR (etc.) by linking from the Databases page of; you can use the "browse" function on JSTOR to go straight to the issue itself.


Week 2,

Feb. 1

Writing comments, growing writers

Bean: Chapter 14, "Writing Comments"

Straub: Sommers, "Responding"; Daiker, "Praise";

Straub:  "What if Drugs" essay and comments (make your comments first!)

Bean: Ch 1, Chapter 2 "Critical Thinking"

CRS: Predict/Annotate or Discussion Q's (click here)

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

3 E-posts: 1 by 2/5 noon; 2 more by 2/7 6pm.

Guest teacher tonight:

Bring two 101 syllabi



Week 3,

Feb. 8

Assessing essays

Bean:  Chapter 15, "Grading Criteria"

Straub: Elbow, "Ranking"

Skim:  Straub, "John Cougar" essay and comments

LitOnline:  Sprinkle, "Written Commentary,"Teaching English in the Two-Year College 31.3 (2004)

Bean: Chapter 13, "The Paper Load"

CRS: Opinionnaire or Two-column log (click here)

Warm-up Essay, with Post Script & Draft copies

Syllabus Folder Notes: Syllabi


Guest teacher tonight:

Schedule TPA #2 Conference for next week

Second Inquiry:  Assigning and Assessing Writing


In Class

Reading Due

Writing Due


Week 4,

Feb. 15

Sketch share,

Rules v. Rhetoric,

Assigning thinking

BeanChapter 8, "Helping Students Read"

JSTOR:  Mark Wiley, "Formulaic Writing"  English Journal 90.1 (2000)

TCBR:  Freire, "Banking Education"

Moore:  Chapter 30 "Criteria for AIA"

SMG pp. 137-154

CRS: Freewrite or SQ3R (click here)

TPA #2: Grading (conference + email follow-up)

Exploration Essay, 3 Sketches: One anon. copy each, for sharing

Guest teachers tonight:

Schedule class observation(s)


Week 5,

Feb. 22

Prompt wksp.,

Assigning revision

SMG: Flower, "Writer-Based Prose"

Moore:  Chapter 22, "Radical Revision"

Bean: Chapter 5, "Writing Asgts."

TCBR Sommers, "Revision Strategies"

Moore Ch. 25

CRS:  KWL or Cubing (click here)

TPA #3: Assignment Prompt Draft





Optional: Anon. Learning Log.

Guest teacher tonight:

Schedule EE Conference


Week 6,

March 1

Exploration wksp.,

Assigning innovation

Bean: Chapter 12, "Inquiry…Papers"

Moore:  Chapter 9 or 10 or 12 or 13

SMG pp. 93-106

CRS:  Case Study (click here)

Exploration Essay Draft: 2 copies (anon) + Guides

Guest teacher tonight:

Consider textbooks


Week 7,

Mar. 8

Learning goals and outcomes

Measuring teaching

Overview of comp texts

Meet in IN 333

JSTOR: Lamb, "Beyond Argument," College Composition & Comm 42 (1991) 11-24

Online:  GMU Comp Site, 101 goals

Online: WPA Outcomes for FYC:

Moore:  Chapter 18 or 19

CRSTheory Talkback or QAR (click here)

TPA #3: Asgt. Prompt

Guest teachers tonight:

Bring working draft, EE

Mid-term check: CJ Asgts.


Third Inquiry:  Teachers and Students, Roles and Goals


In Class

Reading Due

Writing Due


Week 8,

Mar. 22

Teachers and institutions;

Guest panel?

Text wksp.

Bean:  Chapter 3, "Engaging…Learners"

JSTOR:  Elbow, "Embracing Contraries," College English 45 (1983) 327-39

JSTOR:  Murray, "Listening Eye," College English 41 (1979) 13-18

SMG: Bartholomae, "Inventing the University"

CRSThree Positions or Believe/Doubt (click here)

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

In-class: SF Notes:  Text Review

Bring a comp textbook


Week 9,

Mar. 29

Students in/and collaboration

Scaffolds, adaptations and allowances

Bean:  Chapter 9, "Small Groups"

E-Reserve: Brooke, "Underlife"

Online: Kirschner "Peer Review" http://

Moore: Chapter 25 "Peer Response"

WebCT: Learning Styles materials

CRS:  WWXD or Concept Map (click here)

Class Activity Bank Post

In-class: SF Notes: Learning Goals

Optional: Anon. Learning Log.

Guest teachers tonight:

Bring current draft:  EE

EE planning


Week 10

April 5

O Captain my Captain: alternate teacher roles

E-Reserve:  Rose, "Average"

ProQuest:  Lisa Delpit, "The Silenced Dialogue"  Harvard Educational Review 58 (1988)

DukeUP:  K. Johnson, "Millenial Teacher" Pedagogy 6.1 (2006)

WebCT: Class Discussion chapters

JSTOR: Shaughnessy, "Diving In," College Composition & Comm 27 (1976) 234-9

Syllabus Frame Sketch (3 copies) —bring your textbook(s)—

SF Notes:  Class Observation



Guest teachers tonight:

Bring current draft:  EE

Fourth Inquiry: Frontiers, Borderlands, and Boundaries in Composition

Week 11

April 12

The "T" words:

Tech & Timing

Meet in IN 333

Moore:  Chapter 2 or 3 or 5 or 13 (Course overviews to help with your syllabus)

Online:  Leslie Blair, "Teaching Composition Online":

SMG:  skim pp. 44-74 (3-day plan options)

SMG:  Herzberg, "Service Learning"

Exploration Essay Revision & Expansion draft (2 copies + Guides)

Guest teacher tonight:

Set up end-of-term conference

Find a writing handbook to bring to next week's class


Week 12

April 19

The "G" word

Concerns roundtable

Bean:  Chapter 4, "Grammar"

E-Res.: J. Reid, "Issues in ESL Writing"

WebCT:  Devet, "Welcoming Grammar"

Moore:  Chapter 23 "Getting Textual"

Bring a writing handbook

3-Day Plan Draft (3 copies)

Guest teachers tonight:

Set up end-of-term conference


Week 13

April 26

The "P" Words

Principles roundtable

Portfolio planning

Online:  WPA Plagiarism Statement, (PDF)

Online:  GMU Comp Website: Plagiarism Procedures

Online:  "Over/under teaching"

Syllabus Frame: Second generation draft (2 copies)

Guest teacher tonight:


Week 14

May 3

The Big Picture

Online:  "Student Life Calculator"

Final Portfolio








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