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EDU 300 Writing in Education
FA 2007 HOB
Hennessy, Gail B.
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Fletcher, Ralph. What a Writer Needs. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1993.
Buckner, Aimee. Notebook Know-How. Portland, ME: Stenhouse, 2005
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The instructor believes that writing clearly and effective is essential. It is the responsibility of every educator to write well and use the necessary skills to provide students in his or her classroom with ways to develop their writing skills. Stating that premise the instructor will engage each learner in a variety of writing activities with the objective of developing written communication, reflective thinking and writing, and critical analysis.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
1. Class Participation
· discussing the quality indicators and looking at your personal strengths and weaknesses in writing with the willingness to share what you have learned
· reading assignments before their due dates enabling you to participate intelligently in discussions.
· willingly sharing your reflections of the readings both in the text, articles, in class writings, etc.
· discussing issues and topics brought up in class, listening to, and respecting others as they share. Everyone is expected to speak up during class discussions, not just a few students.
2. Quality Indicators ---
An objective of this course is for each student to write the needed quality indicators and/or performance indicators for their initial professional portfolio (3 required). The writing of a professional portfolio is a process that begins in EDU 105 (first education course) and continues throughout the education courses. The portfolio is a graduation and certification requirement. It will be imperative that you have your materials organized, that you participate in class discussions of the indicators, and you have and turn in the quality indicators on the due dates
3. Resource Notebook
This is an organizational activity arranging materials collected (i.e. writing activities, reflective writings, revision and editing chart, in class writings, handouts, etc.). This is to be submitted on the due date. Its organization will be individual preference, but easily understood and deemed functional by the instructor.
4. Chapter Reflections
For each assigned chapter in the text(s) you will write a reflection about what you have read prior to the class discussion. Your reflections will be specific asking you to focus your thoughts on particular questions, topics, etc. The reflections should be typed and will be due the day the chapter(s) are discussed.
You will complete three. Criteria will be given to you prior to each.
6. Quick Writes
You will be given topics/suggestions/etc. that are possible classroom writing activities that you will be expected to do during class. You will keep these in your resource notebook and label "In Class Writings". You will be expected to share these with your peers.
7. CORE ASSESSMENT
Writing a Book for the Classroom and Developing a Lesson Plan to focus on the Writing Process
You will be writing a book that will be published. The company producing the book has directions that must be followed for successful production of the book. You will also do a rough draft since the final is what is actually published. Do not let technology deter you from completing this project to the best of your ability. If you feel it is necessary to use technology, you must plan in advance since technology does not always work as anticipated. There is a firm date that the book must be finished since the company must meet their publishing deadlines.
Also part of the requirement will be a reflective piece about the writing of your book. Criteria will be given to you at the time it is assigned. This activity will stress higher level outcomes: application to the classroom, analysis, synthesis/creative thinking, and evaluation/critical thinking. This activity will be keyed to various MOSTEP standards so you can use it as an “artifact” in your departmental portfolio.
After publication you will design a lesson plan that uses your book to teach the development of writing skills/ideas or the writing process. You will read your book and present your lesson plan to your peers. You will be assessed on your ability to use your book to teach a lesson. Part of your requirement will be a reflective piece about the process and the presentation. You will receive a core assessment rubric to help with the development of this process. This activity will be keyed to various MOSTEP standards so you can use it as an “artifact” in your departmental portfolio.
The final exam will be a project based exam. You will be able to select an option from a list of possibilities. Options will vary, but each will stress higher level outcomes: application to the classroom, analysis, synthesis/creative thinking, and evaluation/critical thinking. They will be keyed to various MOSTEP standards so you can use them as “artifacts” in your departmental portfolio.
Quality Indicators 10 points each (rough draft included in 10 pts)
Revision/Error Chart 25 points
Academic Article Annotations 15 points each
Chapter Reflections 5 points each
Quick Writes 5 points each
Resource Notebook 15 points
Final 80 points
Book 60 points
Reflective Writing-Writing Process 25 points
Book Reading/Lesson Presentation 30 points
Written Lesson Plan 25 points
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Timely completion is built into assignment criteria. Late work of daily assignments (i.e. quality indicators/standards, reflective writing, academic articles, etc.) will be accepted up to one week late, but the grade will be reduced an additional 10 percent of earned grade (i.e. if earned an 85% grade will be recorded as 75%). Due dates are on the class syllabus. Late submission of resource notebook, book, book sharing/lesson plan, and final will result in a grade reduction of 25%. Absolutely no late work will be accepted after the assigned time of the final. Any missing assignments after the final’s date will be recorded as a “zero”. The children's book has to published on a date that was set spring, 2007. Each student must plan accordingly. No exceptions can be made since the book is the core assessment for this class; it is mandatory that the due dates are met. The books must be mailed to be printed on the scheduled date the company has given.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
As future teachers, the students in the environment should practice the dispositions that are listed in the Philosophy and Frameworks of the Education Department. In short each member of the class should be polite, focused, and a positive participant in the classroom. Everyone should be willing to share ideas and listen to others respectfully.
As computers and technology have made writing and revising easier and more productive, they have also created unique problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Be sure to save your work for backup purposes. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines. The core assessment, a children's book, will be sent for publication on a predetermined date. Since many students want to use the computer for the book, it is essential that students plan ahead and do test runs prior to the actual due date ensuring that the book is completed as desired. The company publishes on a certain date and all books must be sent at the same time to meet the deadline for publication. Using a computer is not a requirement for completion of the book.
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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86
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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
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