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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 15-19 and 22-25.

1.Week of Sept. 12-16
Tu.13 To Teach, To Begin
Course Overview - How 596 Works
GDoc Notes Continuation
What's the Word

2.Week of Sept. 19-23
Tu.20 Literate Arts (or, Rhetorical "Arts"?)
Pratt, "Arts of the Contact Zone," 33-40, PDF, Canvas (Response due in Canvas - 1)
Preparing for Project 2

3.Week of Sept. 26-30
Tu.27 Genre, Pattern, Analysis
Dirk, "Navigating Genres", PDF, Canvas (Response due in Canvas - 2)
Marro, "The Genres of Chi Omega: An Activity Analysis," WAW, 302-313
Fri.30 FYW Committee Mtg, 12 p.m., PH608
Fri.30 Grade-in (Project One), 1-3 p.m., PH608

4.Week of Oct. 3-7
Tu.4 Rhetoric's Footings
Covino and Joliffe, "What is Rhetoric?", WAW, 325-346 (Response due in Canvas - 3)
Lamott, "Shitty First Drafts," WAW, 527-531

5.Week of Oct. 10-14
Tu.11 Freedom Practices
Disability Resource Center presentation, 3:30-...
hooks, Intro, Chs 1 and 2, PDF, Canvas (Response due in Canvas - 4)
Peer Teaching Observations
Fri.14 FYW Committee Mtg, 12 p.m., PH608
Sat.15 WIDE-EMU Conference

6.Week of Oct. 17-21
Tu.18 Teaching Affectiveness
Lindquist, "Class Affects, Classroom Affectations: Working Through the Paradoxes of Strategic Empathy," PDF, Canvas (Response due in Canvas - 5)
Rhetorical Analysis
Understanding Rhetoric, Instructor's Manual, Chapter 1, Why Rhetoric?, 29-40
Peer Teaching Observations

7.Week of Oct. 24-28
Tu.25 Sources as Network Loci
Mueller, "Mapping the Resourcefulness of Sources: A Worknet Pedagogy" (online, CF) (Response due in Canvas - 6)
Lesson Plan/Doc Gallery Planning

8.Week of Oct. 31-Nov. 4
Tu.1 Methods Sentential
Lanham, "Paramedic Method", PDF, Canvas (Response due in Canvas - 7)
WRTG121 Syllabus Introduction/Overview
DUE: Observation reports
Fri.4 FYW Committee Mtg, 12 p.m., PH608

9.Week of Nov. 7-11
Tu.8 Sources
Stedman, "Annoying Ways People Use Sources", PDF, online (Response due in Canvas - 8)
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. 14-18
Tu.15 Discovery and Connection
Brent, "The Research Paper and Why We Should Still Care", PDF, Canvas (Response due in Canvas - 9)
Sample Teaching Philosophy Statements: Melanie Yergeau, Janice Fernheimer, Amy Robillard, Derek Mueller

11.Week of Nov. 21-25
DUE: Teaching Philosophy draft
23-25 Thanksgiving Holiday

12.Week of Nov. 28-Dec. 2
Working session - WRTG121 Preparation
Th.1 Celebration of Student Writing, 4-5:30 p.m., Student Center Ballroom

13.Week of Dec. 5-9
Tu.6 Research as Pulsatile Collecting
Sirc, "Box-Logic", PDF, Canvas (Response due in Canvas - 10)
Upload Document Gallery piece in class (bring computer)
WRTG121 Syllabus and Materials: Example 1 and Example 2

14.Week of Dec. 12-16
WRTG121 Materials Workshop
DUE: Teaching Philosophy
14-16 Conferences
DUE: WRTG121 Materials

15.Week of Dec. 19

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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