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Instructor: Michael Sherry
sherrymic@gmail.com | 734-255-3241
Office hours by arrangement; to see when Mike is free, please consult his Google calendar at right.

Seminar: M, W 12:40-2pm EBH 217
LAB: M 3-4:50pm EBH 217



Schedule - Subject to change; please be understanding (and be sure to contribute your suggestions!)


Seminar

LAB

01/12 | 01/14 | 01/19 | 01/21 | 01/26 | 01/28 |
02/02 | 02/04 | 02/09 | 02/11 | 02/16 | 02/18 | 02/23 | 02/25 |
03/02 | 03/09 | 03/11 | 03/16 | 03/18 | 03/23 | 03/25 | 03/30 |
04/01 | 04/06 | 04/08 | 04/13 | 04/15 | 04/20 | 04/22 | 04/27 | 04/29 |
01/12 | 01/26 |
02/02 | 02/09 | 02/16 | 02/23 |
03/02 | 03/16 | 03/23 | 03/30 |
04/06 | 04/13 | 04/20 | 04/27 |

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01/12
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Getting to know you
Experiences with writing
Wiki orientation
Read syllabus and assignments


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01/12 (LAB)
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Caroline's video
Defining conventions, genre, discourse
Choosing topics; from topic to problem, using clustering tools (CMap Tools, Webnote, Protopage)
Research proposal due 1/25 noon


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01/14
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Syllabus and Assignments;
K-W-L


In keeping with our conversation: here's one mode (dance) and multiple genres--enjoy!
For 1/21, find 3 pieces of writing that were important to you. Post to the wiki your answers to the following questions: what made these pieces important to you? what kind of response did you receive to these pieces during/after writing them? how/why did the responses contribute to the importance of these pieces to you?

Readings: Choose one from each of the following groups of excerpts:
Why teach personal writing:
  • "Simple Machines" (Renier 2007)- in this comic, a middle schooler with a disability discovers an outlet for his imaginings
  • Excerpt from The Art of Teaching Writing (Calkins 1986) - One of the founders of the "Writing Workshop" movement writes about teaching writing.
  • Excerpt from In the Middle (Atwell 1998) - One of the founders of the "Writing Workshop" movement writes about teaching writing.
  • Excerpt from Writing a Life (Bomer 1995) - This excerpt from a text often used with teachers at the National Writing Project describes why we teach memoir.
Dangers of teaching personal writing:
  • Excerpt from Just Girls (Finders 1997) - Two middle schoolers reflect on being asked to write about their personal experiences.
  • "Why I Detest Nancie Atwell" (Hunt 2006)- Book review of In the Middle by a teacher who tried the Writing Workshop.
  • "Following the Child...Teacher Response..." (Lensmire 1993) - the author describes what happened when he let his students write what they wanted (Note: be sure to skip over the theoretical part if you get bogged down)
  • "Rethinking Personal Writing" (Gere 2001) - the author argues for caution in teaching personal writing because of its implications.

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01/19
MLK jr. Holiday - No Class
MLK jr. Holiday - No Class

MLK jr. Holiday - No Class

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01/21
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Writing time (Screenhunter)
Use K-W-L to generate questions;
Use 3 pieces entries to find some answers
What is personal narrative?
Generating ideas for personal narrative about writing/writing instruction: Listing; Clustering; Terrific Ten; Seed-writing
Respond to sample student narrative
For 1/26, find 2 model narratives (one student/one professional) in any mode/genre, and post to wiki resources.

Readings: Choose on from each of the following groups of excerpts:
For teaching writing as a process
  • From Withing and Beyond the Writing Process (Dornan, Rosen, & Wilson 2003) - The authors describe why writing teachers have come to teach writing as a process and provide some possible pre-writing strategies
  • Process in Paper (Clavelli 2007) - In this animated short, a writer/teacher dramatizes the invention stage of the writing process
  • "Design" (Frost 1936), "Transformations" (Diyanni 2003) - In response to one of my former interns, who told me "you can't ask people to revise their poetry," I scanned some drafts/revisions by famous (and not-so-famous) poets included in a chapter of Diyanni's anthology.
  • From A Rhetoric for Writing Teachers (Lindemann 2001) - The author describes and justifies the teaching of general stages of the writing process

Dangers of process writing teaching:
  • Why Johnny Can't Write: Teaching Logic and Grammar to College Students (MacDonald 1995) - An excoriating blog editorial about the negative effects of expressivist and process writing movements
  • Selected cartoons - Each of these cartoons suggests pitfalls or abuses of the idea of the writing process.
  • Post-process (Kent 1999) - This abstract from a famous book by writing researcher/theorist Thomas Kent describes the central argument about writing teaching that came AFTER the "process movement."
  • Interview with Nancy Sommers (2009) - The famous writing researcher/teacher responds via online chat to questions and comments (many about the problems with the process model) from professors and teachers across the country.

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01/26
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Discuss sample narrative; Discuss readings: why teach personal narrative
Choose 10 of the model narratives to compare and contrast: what kinds of characteristics does this genre share (for instance, many narratives include both summary and scene)? what are some notable differences among the examples (for instance, some narratives begin "in the middle of things" and some don't--why?)? What separates a good one from a not-so-good one? Post to wiki discussion forum on the narrative assignment page.


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01/26 (LAB)
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Researching sources: Library e-Resources: JSTOR, Web of Science, NCTE, ERIC, Colleagues, etc.

Following research conversations;

Gathering data at your placement (cell phone as research tool);

Permission forms

First research update posted to wiki discussion forum on the research assignment page by 2/18 (but you may set up more regular correspondence with colleagues if you wish)

For 02/02, find an exemplary piece of teacher research (perhaps an article in English Journal, something from a colleague at your placement) and bring it to LAB.

Readings: Borsheim and Petrone (in class)


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01/28
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Discuss readings on process, pre-writing: why teach process?
Discuss narrative genre models
Bring model research article to lab

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02/02
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Developing a rubric for grading personal narrative (for us and for secondary students)
Read and respond to a set of sample student narratives; what patterns do you notice in students' writing? Post to discussion forum on the page at the above link.


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02/02 (LAB)
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Examining some models for how to conduct/write up your research
Research update due 2/18


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02/04
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Discuss responses to sample set of student narratives
Readings: On assessment: Read these short bits
"Taking Time" - Teacher Stephen Heller reflects on how to grade both quickly and effectively
"Teachers' Comments on Student Papers - skim this and make sure to check out the surprising table that charts the kinds of comments they found: the authors looked at thousands of papers with accompanying comments
Then choose one from this group
"Students Right to Their Own Texts" - the authors argue for a particular way of responding to students' writing
"Ranking, Evaluating, and Liking" - Elbow identifies three kinds of responses teachers tend to make, and makes an argument about which is most important
"Culture in Writing Assessment" - the author shows that teachers from different backgrounds read and evaluated the writing of students from similar/different backgrounds differently
"Gender Bias in Writing Assessment" - Skip the statistics and read the "implications for teachers" starting on p. 41: how does knowing the sex of the author affect how we grade?

And one from this group
Research on 6 traits writing - go to this link and choose from one of the links they provide
Elements of online texts - go to this link and read through the overview and explanations of the elements
MEAP examples and ratings - This includes examples of high school student writing with accompanying rubrics and ratings

Personal narrative draft due 2/11

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02/09
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Preparing for and managing peer review

Reviewing feedback

Revising the rubric
Personal narrative draft due 2/11 (post to discussion forum on the wiki narrative assignment page and bring two printed copies to class)


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02/09 (LAB)
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Four Point Scoring Rubric


Revising the rubric
Course feedback
Mike's response to course feedback:
Research update due 2/18


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02/11
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Personal narrative peer review

Four Point Scoring Rubric


Personal narrative draft due today (post to wiki and bring two printed copies to class)

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02/16
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Discuss peer review, strengths of first drafts, and strategies for revision (e.g., how to interpret feedback, develop a correction sheet)



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02/16 (LAB)
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Voting on new course direction
Transmediation as a tool for invention and arrangement (i.e., moving stuff to another mode to generate more ideas or organize what you have) :)
Research update posted for 2/18


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02/18
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Trends in your narratives:
Interpreting and implementing comments from peer review
Correction sheet


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02/23
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Narrative Presentations

Narrative final due 2/25 (post to wiki or hand in hard copy)


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02/23 (LAB)
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Independent work
Transmediation2
Research update 3/16


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02/25
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Synthesis: Revisit Expectations, K-W-L chart, rubric criteria. What have we learned about writing/teaching personal narrative?
Discuss next assignment: textual analysis
Narrative final due today.

For 3/2: What is textual analysis? Write a definition and post it to the wiki discussion forum for Textual Analysis assignment.

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03/02
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Write Time (using Frost's "Stopping by Woods")

What is textual analysis? Personal definitions/Class definition:

Text
Analysis
Purpose(s)
For 3/4, find 1 model textual analysis (student or professional) in any genre/mode and post to the wiki resources page.
Next to this, post one resource/strategy/idea for how to connect something your placement students already do to some part of the content, form, or process through which that textual analysis was created (my in-class example was connecting the selection of important info from a text to reading Facebook).

Also for 3/4, please click here for a short reading that requires a discussion post response.


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03/02 (LAB)
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Independent work
Second research update 3/18 (post to wiki)


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03/04
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Discuss responses to reading/strategies

Narrative reflections
Have a great Spring break!


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03/09 Spring Break
Spring Break - No Class
Spring Break - No Class
Spring Break - No Class

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03/11 Spring Break
Spring Break - No Class
Spring Break - No Class
Spring Break - No Class

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03/16
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Compare one student essay to one model textual analysis: begin to describe the process you use (so that you can explain it to your future students)
Respond to sample set of student essays

Second research update 3/18 (post to wiki)

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03/16 (LAB)
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Sharing progress;
Independent work
Second research update 3/18 (post to wiki)

Research presentations begin 3/30

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03/18
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Discuss responses to sample set of student essays

Prepare for peer review of textual analyses: what might be different this time?
Textual analysis draft due 3/23

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03/23
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Textual analysis peer review
Analysis draft due today

Please read all of your classmates' textual analysis drafts; find and prepare to present for 3/25 the strengths and strategies employed in these drafts (as I have done in highlighting models from your work).

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03/23 (LAB)
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Independent work
Research presentations begin 3/30

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03/25
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Strengths and strategies of textual analysis drafts

Textual analysis rubric
Prepare analysis presentations

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03/30
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Textual analysis video: critical and international perspectives

Analysis final due 4/8

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03/30 (LAB)
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Research presentations
Research presentations

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04/01
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Research presentations
Analysis final due 4/8

Research presentations

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04/06
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Research presentations
Research presentations

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04/06 (LAB)
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Research presentations
Research presentations

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04/08
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Research presentations

Synthesis: Revisit Expectations, K-W-L chart, rubric criteria. What have we learned about writing/teaching textual analysis?
Analysis final due today

Research project due 4/20

Begin constructing your portfolio: choose at least 5 artifacts that represent your identity/process/progress as a writer/teacher or writing; you'll have time in class on 4/20 to annotate and synthesize these

Portfolio readings for 4/20 (see below)

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04/13 No Class - Mike at AERA
No Class - Mike at AERA
No Class - Mike at AERA
Research project due 4/13

No Class - Mike at AERA

Readings: (Choose at least one from each bolded group)
About portfolios
Portfolios and assessment:
How do we assess student writing as a process across genres, over time,. and in relation to individuals in this era of standardized testing?
Portfolios and teaching:
What does it look like to teach writing using student portfolios?
Portfolios and teacher education:
Why do many TE programs (including MSU) use the portfolio as a tool for teacher development (as well as for getting a job)?

Electronic Portfolios:
What happens when portfolios meet computers and the Internet?

Portfolio examples
Secondary ELA student portfolios - Mission High School, San Francisco
Reflective teaching portfolios
Professional portfolio - Ray Lessnau, MSU intern 2008
Professional portfolio - Nese Nasif, UMich intern 2007
Professional portfolio - Joseph Sweeney, MSU intern 2005
Portfolio conference - "Daniella," MSU senior (scroll down for transcript)

Portfolio resources
An overview of what to include and why
How to get started with portfolios at your school





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04/13 (LAB) No Class - Mike at AERA
No Class - Mike at AERA
No Class - Mike at AERA
No Class - Mike at AERA

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04/15 No Class - Mike at AERA
No Class - Mike at AERA
No Class - Mike at AERA
No Class - Mike at AERA

Readings: Portfolios

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04/20
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Discuss portfolio readings; report on portfolio artifacts
Portfolio due for class fair on 4/27

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04/20 (LAB)
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Electronic portfolios
Using "NVu" to create your website (or electronic portfolio)
Portfolio due for class fair on 4/27

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04/22
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Portfolio prep
Portfolio due for class fair on 4/27

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04/27
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Portfolio fair
Portfolio due for class fair today

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04/27 (LAB)
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K-W-L
Ways of saying goodbye to a class with writing;
Discuss (teaching of writing) during the internship
Letter from Sherry Michaels
Rock on

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04/29
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Final gathering; saying goodbye
Rock on