EN 325 Modern Grammar
FA 2008 HO
Emily Donnelli, PhD
Assistant Professor of English
PhD, English, University of KansasMA, English, University of KansasBA, English & Secondary Education, William Jewell College
MWF, 10-11; other times by appointment
August 18-December 12
4:40 - 5:55 PM
Barry, Anita. Linguistic Perspectives on Language and Education. Upper Saddle River, NJ:
Glauner, Jeff. Essentials of Grammar: A Textbook for Teachers, Editors, Secretaries,
Writers, and Other Semiwilling Curmudgeons. Parkville, Missouri: Park University, 2002. Available free at:
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Educational Philosophy: My approach to the teaching of modern grammar emphasizes the interrelation of syntax (those systems and formulae used to categorize language) and semantics (meaning). Although we will apply, to an extent, linguistic concepts to analyze the forms and functions of words, phrases, and clauses, we will always do so with consideration of the meaning and immediate context of the sentence under investigation. My desire is for you to leave this class with a greater understanding of the ways that sentence-level grammar is used to construct meaning and persuade readers. To that end, we will augment our study of forms and functions with activities designed to help you see the rhetorical (persuasive) dimensions of language use. Additionally, for teacher education candidates, an important component of this class will be formulating a working philosophy regarding your approach to teaching Standard American English in the classroom.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
The Core Assessment for EN/EDU 325, Modern Grammar, is the final examination. This examination requires students to 1) identify the grammatical form and function of given clauses, phrases, and words using the linguistic terminology covered by the course; 2) generate their own examples of various grammatical forms; and 3) compose short essays about contemporary issues in the study and teaching of grammar.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: Formative assessments will consist of homework assignments and group activities designed to assess students’ mastery of grammatical concepts and analysis. Much of the time, students will use these homework activities to work together in peer groups to explore grammatical structures in written contexts.
Summative assessments consist of a mid-term examination; a cumulative research project; and a final examination—all designed to provide students opportunities to demonstrate proficiency in grammatical analysis and the application of grammatical concepts and ideas to their research interests (for education majors or prospective majors, this will entail research over common pedagogical approaches to the teaching of grammar at various levels).
Grading: Short Papers and Grammatical Analysis Assignments: 25%
SAE “Correctness” Exercises: 5%
Term Project (Annotated Bibliography): 30%
Final Examination: 25%
Late Submission of Course Materials: All assignments are due at the beginning of class. One letter grade will be deducted for each day an assignment is late. Check your schedule for potential conflicts well ahead of due dates, and speak with me ahead of time if you anticipate difficulty meeting a deadline.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Week One (8/18): Why does linguistics matter to writers and teachers of writing? Introduction to key themes, issues, and movements in linguistic study.
Week Two (8/25): Linguistics and literacy.
Week Three (9/1): Defining Grammar. Language and authority. Language planning and policy.
Week Four (9/8): Dialects and code-switching.
Week Five (9/15): Spoken discourse and stylistics.
Week Six (9/22): Syntax and grammar teaching. Academic English. Correctness.
Week Seven (9/29): Beginning linguistic analysis. Seven basic sentence constituents. Phrases v. clauses. Term project prospectus due.
Week Eight (10/6): Practice midterm exam. Midterm.
Week Nine (10/13): Fall break.
Week Ten (10/20): Linguistic analysis, cont. Seven basic sentence patterns.
Week Eleven (10/27): Linguistic analysis, cont. Introduction to phrase types.
Week Twelve (11/3): Linguistic analysis, cont. Nonfinite verb phrases.
Week Thirteen (11/10): Linguistic analysis, cont. Dependent clauses.
Week Fourteen (11/17): Peer review of term projects-in-progress. Writing conferences.
Week Fifteen (11/24): Term project due. Informal presentations.
Week Sixteen (12/1): Course synthesis final exam preparation.
Finals Week (12/8): Final exam: Monday, December 12, 3:15-5:15 p.m.
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90This is an interactive, discussion-based class that depends on your participation. You'll notice that a significant percentage of your final grade is based on your activity in our class, and this is to reinforce the importance of taking an active role in your learning in this class and throughout college. With that said, here are my specific attendance policies:
--Missing four class meetings will result in an automatic drop of one letter grade.
--Five absences will result in your failure of the course. It is your responsibility to contact me or another student about what you missed in class if you are absent.
--Except in cases of extended illness, death in the immediate family, school-sponsored activities, or religious holidays, I do not distinguish between excused and unexcused absences.
--Arrival to class more than 10 minutes late constitutes an absence.
Disability Guidelines:Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .
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