EN 325 Modern Grammar
F2T 2006 DL
Professor of English (Retired)
Professor of English
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
EN/ED 325: Modern GrammarTerm ProjectFormal Essay (min of 2000 words) and Oral Presentation (10 minutes)
Purpose and Content
The purpose of this assignment is to allow you to become more aware of and to contribute to the body of scholarly dialogue on the topic of grammar—its history, theory, and practice. The essay prompt is intentionally broad to allow both education and non-education majors flexibility in investigating an issue of most relevance to their current and future interests/pursuits. With that said, however, education majors will be asked to investigate as their issue a pedagogical approach (past or present) to the teaching of grammar. Each student must contextualize his/her topic within the appropriate history relating to language study/grammatical instruction.
The investigative essay will contain an analysis of the scholarly research (from professional, peer-reviewed journals) collected on the topic and will also include the writer's own response to the research. This response should move beyond simple agreement or disagreement with the ideas presented to provide the writer's extension, complication, or application of the ideas. For education majors, this response will take the form of a narrative description of an activity devised to teach a particular grammatical concept to a particular grade level—this narrative should be no longer than 1000 words.
In terms of the core learning outcomes for this class, the formal essay/presentation assignment responds to:
Outcome #2: Students will demonstrate proficiency in the use of the language for contemporary grammatical study and in the recognition and manipulation of grammatical structures (MoSTEP 1.1).Outcome #3: Students will investigate an issue related to the study of grammar, demonstrating scholarly research, synthesis and analysis skills (MoSTEP 1.1, 1.2.7).Outcome #4: For students who plan to earn their English/Language Arts teacher certification, the following MoSTEP Standards guide this course: The preservice teacher will demonstrate a knowledge of and/or competency in the following areas (MoSTEP 1.1, 1.2.1, 1.2.7):
Your targeted audience should be individuals interested in teaching, in learning more about grammar (and/or socio/linguistics to a limited degree), its history, theory, practice—in other words, a college-level audience, professionals. You will need to organize your material clearly both in the written and oral versions (10 minutes) so classmates can take notes easily for discussion and examination purposes. Copies of your papers for classmates will be provided for download through our eCompanion shell.
In composing your draft, you will want to use the literary present tense and avoid the use of the first person pronouns (I, we). This assignment is intended to give you practice writing formal analysis of scholarly material, and it needs to be presented in a formal format and with a formal tone. Your project will adhere to either MLA or APA for overall format, in-text citations, and bibliography. Consult your Everyday Writer and ask questions if any of these items are not clear, or if you are unsure about other documentation requirements not specifically mentioned.
Term projects are assessed upon the following four factors:
1) Focus: The content must reflect a specific focus on a carefully narrowed topic and issue (determined in consultation with instructors).
2) Development/Analysis: The content must reflect a strong understanding of and response the issue under examination, including representation of multiple perspectives.
3) Coherence: The project must be ordered in such a way that the reader can follow the coherence of the project's intent from point to point and start to finish.
4) Mechanics: The project must reflect the writer's mastery of the conventions of standard written English and the conventions of scholarly research and writing, including careful documentation of ideas, paraphrases, and direct quotations from outside sources.
In general terms, significant weakness in any one of these areas reduces the value of a project by a letter grade. However, serious weakness in one area can lead to the loss of two or three letter grades or to a failing grade.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Each student is responsible for:a) completing weekly reading assignments; b) completing weekly discussionhomework activities;c) completing responses to classmates' research paper and/or teaching package first drafts and other posts as required;d) completing an unproctored midterm examination;e) completing a proctored final examination.
Other information on proctored exams:
A computerized examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.
Other Information on proctored exams:
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Tips for Success:
Based on my experience as both a student and teacher of grammar, here are my top five tips for success in EN/EDU 325:
Expect responses from your instructor submitted by email or on the threads within 48 hours. Expect responses to major assignment submissions (e.g., a draft of your research project) within a week after the week it is due. You should check your email and the various course threads at least every two or three days and you should check the gradebook once each week. Grading for each week is normally completed by Wednesday of the following week.
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