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Course Schedule

The following schedule offers a provisional plan for all work throughout the semester. We may revise it as needed. PDF readings are available for download at EMU Online (see Doc Sharing).

The class also meets for the August 596 Workshop, M-F, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., August 18-22 and 25-28.

1.Week of Sept. 8-12
Dethier, C. 8, "Avoiding Stress," 108-133
Murray, "All Writing is Autobiography," WAW, 65-75
Newkirk, "Draw Me a Word, Write Me a Picture, WAW, 76-106

2.Week of Sept. 15-19
Swales, "The Concept of Discourse Community," WAW, 215-229
Marro, "The Genres of Chi Omega: An Activity Analysis," WAW, 302-313
Dirk, "Navigating Genres", PDF, EMU Online

3.Week of Sept. 22-26
Ch. 3, "Rhetoric: How is Meaning Constructed in Context?" Overview, WAW, 318-324
Covino and Joliffe, "What is Rhetoric?", 325-346
FYW Committee Mtg, 12 p.m., PH211
Fri.26 Grade-in (Project One), 1-3 p.m., PH211

4.Week of Sept. 29-Oct. 3
Prior, "Tracing Process: How Texts Come into Being," WAW, 492-526
Lamott, "Shitty First Drafts," WAW, 527-531
Peer Teaching Observations

5.Week of Oct. 6-10
Crowley, Chs. 1 and 11, PDF, EMU Online
Peer Teaching Observations

6.Week of Oct. 13-17
Williams, selections from Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace, PDF, EMU Online
Williams, selections from Style: Toward Clarity and Grace, PDF, EMU Online
(optional) Krueter, "The Ethics of Clarity," Composition Forum
Style Academy (explore, watch one video)
Rhetorical Analysis
Fri.17 FYWP Professional Development TBA, 12 p.m., PH211

7.Week of Oct. 21-25
Rogerian Argument/Third Ways
Lesson Plan/Doc Gallery Planning
DUE: Observation reports

8.Week of Oct. 27-Oct. 31
Mueller, "Worknet Pedagogy" (draft, PDF)
Lanham, "Paramedic Method" (PDF)
WRTG121 Syllabus Introduction/Overview

9.Week of Nov. 3-7
Stedman, "Annoying Ways People Use Sources" (PDF, online)
Understanding Rhetoric, Issue 5, "Research: More Than Detective Work"
DUE: Lesson Plan/Doc Gallery Draft (Google Drive Folder)
Fri.7 FYW Committee Mtg, 12 p.m., PH211

10.Week of Nov. 10-14
Murray, "Teaching Writing as a Process Not Product" (PDF)
Breuch, "Post-Process 'Pedagogy': A Philosophical Exercise" (PDF)

11.Week of Nov. 17-21
Brent, "The Research Paper and Why We Should Still Care" (PDF)
Citation Project Pedagogical Principles (PDF)
Citation Project Graphs and Tables - Sources Cited and Source Use (PDFs)
Howard, Serviss, and Rodrigue, "Writing from Sources, Writing from Sentences" (PDF)
Sample Teaching Philosophy Statements: Melanie Yergeau, Janice Fernheimer, Amy Robillard, Kathryn Trauth Taylor, Derek Mueller

12.Week of Nov. 24-28
DUE: Teaching Philosophy draft

13.Week of Dec. 1-5
Upload Document Gallery piece in class (bring computer)
Sirc, "Box-Logic" (PDF)
Sirc, "Godless Composition, Tormented Writing" (PDF)
Krause, The Process of Research Writing (glance)
WRTG121 Syllabus and Materials: Example 1 and Example 2
Th.4 Celebration of Student Writing, 4-5:30 p.m., Student Center Ballroom
Fri.5 FYW Committee Mtg, 12 p.m., PH211

14.Week of Dec. 8-12
WRTG121 Materials Workshop
DUE: Teaching Philosophy

15.Week of Dec. 15-16
DUE: WRTG121 Materials

Contact Information

Derek N. Mueller, PhD
Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing
Director of Composition
Department of English
Virginia Tech
Office: 315 Shanks Hall
Spring 2019 Office Hours: T, 12-3
Phone: +1-734-985-0485

"It is our job as writers to create a context in which we can write, and it is our job as teachers of writing to create a context that is as appropriate for writing as the gym is for basketball" (228). Donald Murray, "First Silence, Then Paper," Fforum: Essays on Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writing

"[W]hat we teach our students is a consequence of what we understand writing to be" (215). Mary Lou Odom, Michael Bernard-Donals, and Stephanie Kerschbaum, "Enacting Theory: The Practicum as the Site of Invention," Don't Call It That: The Composition Practicum

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