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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 FYWP GA Drive (under PDF Readings).

The class also meets for the August 596 Workshop, M-F, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., August 14-18 and 21-24.

1.Week of Sept. 11-15
Tu.12 To Teach, To Begin
Course Overview - How 596 Works
GDoc Notes Continuation
What's the Word

2.Week of Sept. 18-22
Tu.19 Literate Arts (or, Rhetorical "Arts"?)
Pratt, "Arts of the Contact Zone," 33-40, PDF, FYWP GA Drive (Response due in FYWP GA Drive > 596-Responses to Readings folder)
Preparing for Project 2

3.Week of Sept. 25-29
Tu.26 Genre, Pattern, Analysis
Dirk, "Navigating Genres", PDF, FYWP GA Drive(Response due in FYWP GA Drive > 596-Responses to Readings folder)
Marro, "The Genres of Chi Omega: An Activity Analysis," WAW, 426-438
Fri.29 FYW Committee Mtg, 12 p.m., PH415
Fri.29 Grade-in (Project One), 1-3 p.m., PH415
Sat.30 Corridors Conference

4.Week of Oct. 2-6
Tu.3 Rhetoric's Footings
Chapter Four Introduction and Doug Downs, "Rhetoric: Making Sense...," WAW, 447-483 (Response due in FYWP GA Drive > 596-Responses to Readings folder)
Lamott, "Shitty First Drafts," WAW, 852- 857

5.Week of Oct. 9-13
Tu.10 Freedom Practices
hooks, Intro, Chs 1 and 2, PDF, FYWP GA Drive (Response due in FYWP GA Drive > 596-Responses to Readings folder)
Peer Teaching Observations

6.Week of Oct. 16-20
Tu.17 Teaching Affectiveness
Lindquist, "Class Affects, Classroom Affectations: Working Through the Paradoxes of Strategic Empathy," PDF, FYWP GA Drive (Response due in FYWP GA Drive > 596-Responses to Readings folder)
Rhetorical Analysis
Peer Teaching Observations
Fri.20 FYW Committee Mtg, 12 p.m., PH415

7.Week of Oct. 23-27
Tu.24 Sources as Network Loci
Mueller, "Mapping the Resourcefulness of Sources: A Worknet Pedagogy" (online, CF) (Response due in FYWP GA Drive > 596-Responses to Readings folder)
Lesson Plan/Doc Gallery Planning

8.Week of Oct. 30-Nov. 3
Tu.31 Methods Sentential
Lanham, "Paramedic Method", PDF, FYWP GA Drive (Response due in FYWP GA Drive > 596-Responses to Readings folder)
WRTG121 Syllabus Introduction/Overview
DUE: Observation reports
Fri.3 FYW Committee Mtg, 12 p.m., PH415

9.Week of Nov. 6-10
Tu.7 Sources
Stedman, "Annoying Ways People Use Sources", PDF, online (Response due in FYWP GA Drive > 596-Responses to Readings folder)
Understanding Rhetoric, Issue 5, "Research: More Than Detective Work"
Guest: Sarah Fabian, University Librarian for First-year Writing
DUE: Lesson Plan/Doc Gallery Draft (FYWP GA Drive)

10.Week of Nov. 13-17
Tu.14 Discovery and Connection
Brent, "The Research Paper and Why We Should Still Care", PDF, FYWP GA Drive(Response due in FYWP GA Drive > 596-Responses to Readings folder)
Sample Teaching Philosophy Statements: Melanie Yergeau, Janice Fernheimer, Amy Robillard, Derek Mueller

11.Week of Nov. 20-24
Tu.21
DUE: Teaching Philosophy draft
22-24 Thanksgiving Holiday

12.Week of Nov. 27-Dec. 1
Tu.28
Working session - WRTG121 Preparation
Th.30 Celebration of Student Writing, (3:30)4-5:30 p.m., Student Center Ballroom

13.Week of Dec. 4-8
Tu.5 Research as Pulsatile Collecting
Sirc, "Box-Logic", PDF, FYWP GA Drive(Response due in FYWP GA Drive > 596-Responses to Readings folder)
Upload Document Gallery piece in class (bring computer)
WRTG121 Syllabus and Materials: Example 1 and Example 2

14.Week of Dec. 11-15
Tu.12
WRTG121 Materials Workshop
DUE: Teaching Philosophy
14-16 Conferences
DUE: WRTG121 Materials

15.Week of Dec. 18
Tu.18
Conferences

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
dmueller@vt.edu
http://derekmueller.net/rc/

"What about that other scene of writing instruction? Where has that gone, the idea of the writing classroom as blank canvas, ready to be inscribed as a singular compositional space?" (1). Geoffrey Sirc, "The Still-Unbuilt Hacienda," English Composition as a Happening

"[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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