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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 Canvas (under Files).

The class also meets for the August 596 Workshop, M-F, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., August 17-21 and 24-27.

1.Week of Sept. 7-11
Dethier, C. 8, "Avoiding Stress," 108-133, Google Drive, Shared Teaching Materials
Pratt, "Arts of the Contact Zone," 33-40, PDF, emailed

2.Week of Sept. 14-18
Dirk, "Navigating Genres", PDF, Canvas
Marro, "The Genres of Chi Omega: An Activity Analysis," WAW, 302-313

3.Week of Sept. 21-25
Ch. 3, "Rhetoric: How is Meaning Constructed in Context?" Overview, WAW, 318-324
Covino and Joliffe, "What is Rhetoric?", WAW, 325-346

4.Week of Sept. 28-Oct. 2
Prior, "Tracing Process: How Texts Come into Being," WAW, 492-526
Lamott, "Shitty First Drafts," WAW, 527-531
Percy, "Loss of the Creature", PDF, Canvas
Peer Teaching Observations
Fri.2 FYW Committee Mtg, 12 p.m., PH211
Fri.2 Grade-in (Project One), 1-3 p.m., PH211

5.Week of Oct. 5-9
Crowley, Chs. 1 and 11, PDF, Canvas
Peer Teaching Observations

6.Week of Oct. 12-16
Williams, selections from Style: Toward Clarity and Grace, PDF, Canvas
Style Academy (explore, watch one video)
Rhetorical Analysis
Understanding Rhetoric, Instructor's Manual, Chapter 1, Why Rhetoric?, 29-40
Peer Teaching Observations
Fri.16 FYWP Professional Development TBA, 12 p.m., PH211

7.Week of Oct. 19-23
Mueller, "Mapping the Resourcefulness of Sources: A Worknet Pedagogy" (online, CF)
Lesson Plan/Doc Gallery Planning

8.Week of Oct. 26-Oct. 30
Lanham, "Paramedic Method", PDF, Canvas
WRTG121 Syllabus Introduction/Overview
DUE: Observation reports

9.Week of Nov. 2-6
Stedman, "Annoying Ways People Use Sources", PDF, online
Understanding Rhetoric, Issue 5, "Research: More Than Detective Work"
Guest: Sarah Fabian, University Librarian for First-year Writing
DUE: Lesson Plan/Doc Gallery Draft (Google Drive Folder)

10.Week of Nov. 9-13
Brent, "The Research Paper and Why We Should Still Care", PDF, Canvas
Citation Project Pedagogical Principles, PDF, Canvas
Citation Project Graphs and Tables - Sources Cited and Source Use, PDF, Canvas
Howard, Serviss, and Rodrigue, "Writing from Sources, Writing from Sentences", PDF, Canvas
Sample Teaching Philosophy Statements: Melanie Yergeau, Janice Fernheimer, Amy Robillard, Derek Mueller
Fri.13 FYW Committee Mtg, 12 p.m., PH211

11.Week of Nov. 16-20
DUE: Teaching Philosophy draft

12.Week of Nov. 23-27
Working session - WRTG121 Preparation

13.Week of Nov. 30-Dec. 4
Sirc, "Box-Logic", PDF, Canvas
Upload Document Gallery piece in class (bring computer)
WRTG121 Syllabus and Materials: Example 1 and Example 2
Th.3 Celebration of Student Writing, 4-5:30 p.m., Student Center Ballroom

14.Week of Dec. 7-11
WRTG121 Materials Workshop
DUE: Teaching Philosophy

15.Week of Dec. 14
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 2020 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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