Section 1: Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-1:45 PM

Professor: Lyn Jones

This course explores different theories and practices of teaching writing relevant for teaching in secondary settings.  Students will study ways that writing is critical to English/Language arts and explore various ways that teachers can take on identities as writers in their professional lives.   The course is built with recognition that English teachers prepare students to write for many purposes and for many audiences.  Specifically, we’ll interrogate these questions:

  1. What does it mean to “teach writing”? How can we, as new teachers, design tasks that are rigorous, clear, and connected to state standards?  How can we use mentor texts and purposefully designed activities and lessons to support students’ understanding of content and process for particular tasks?
  2. How do we know when a student “gets it”?  How can we assess students, both formally and informally, and use these assessments to drive future instruction?
  3. How can technology be leveraged to engage, motivate, and challenge student writers?

ENG 350 is a DP 3 course open only to Teaching English/Language Arts majors. Students must have passed all aspects of DP 2 (including portfolio, testing, and GPA requirements) prior to admission into this course.