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EDU 300 Writing in Education
FA 2012 HOA
Hennessy, Gail B.
Assistant Professor of Education
8:45 - 10:00 AM
EN 105 & En 106, passing the WCT, 15 education hours
Textbook: The semester begins with the below text:
Fletcher, R. (1993). What a Writer Needs. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
One of the following texts (please note grade levels by each titled text) Purchase text that corresponds with your intended certification area (please wait to purchase one of the below until after the semester begins):
Jacobson, J. (2010). No More “I’m Done!”. Portland: Stenhouse. (birth-2nd) ISBN#978 157 110 784 8
Buckner, A. (2005). Notebook Know-How. Portland: Stenhouse. (1st-6th)
ISBN#157 110 413 5
Daniels, H, Zemelman, S., Steineke, N. (2007). Content-Area Writing: Every Teacher’s Guide. Portsmouth:Heinemann. (7th-12th)
ISBN# 978-032 500 972 8
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Educational Philosophy: The instructor believes that writing clearly and effectively 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:
Class Participation “Participation” means:
· discussing the importance of professional writing and examine 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.
· willing 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.
Please remember since everyone is expected to share, everyone also is expected to treat all in class with respect. Opinions may differ but all opinions will be respected.
Chapter Reflections/Language arts activities: For each assigned chapter in the text(s) you will write a reflection, do an activity, or connect the chapter with a language arts activity prior to the class discussion. Your reflections will be specific asking you to focus your thoughts on particular questions, topics, etc. Directions will be handed out prior to the start of each text. The reflections should be typed and will be due the day the chapter(s) is discussed.
Portfolio work/Autobiography/Artifact Template: Each student will submit specific writings for the development of his or her professional portfolio, a requirement for Missouri teacher certification.
Academic Article Annotations/Reflected writing for journal articles: Criteria will be given to you prior to each.
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 be expected to share these with your peers. During the book reading/lesson presentations, each student will do a quick write after each student’s presentation that will then be given to the student presenting. If absent quick writes may not be completed since these are in class activities. Also if a student comes to class late and the quick write has begun, points will be deducted.
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 MoSPE standards so you can use it as an “artifact” for your professional 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/explain 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 criteria to assist you with the development of this process. This activity will be keyed to various MoSPE standards so you can use it as an “artifact” in your professional portfolio.
Final: 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 MoSPE standards so you can use them as “artifacts” in your departmental portfolio
Assignments MUST be typed, double-spaced and completed with correct conventions. A word document must be submitted, if necessary, in rtf document. When citing, use APA format.
EDU 300 Assignments
Academic Articles, Journals, Reflections
Text reflection, Language arts activity
Artifact template, Autobiography
Participation/Attendance: points will not be earned if not present (excuses not accepted); will earn points if professor must cancel.
Positive/Constructive participation isevaluated. Also see classroom rules of conduct.
Reflective Writing, (writing process)
Book Reading, Lesson Presentation
Written lesson plan
Reflective Writing, (book reading – lesson presentation)
Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments are considered late if not turned in during class the day they are due. Due dates are on the class syllabus. Late work of daily assignments (i.e. portfolio work/autobiography/indicator, reflective writing, chapter reflections, activities, etc.) will be accepted up to one week late, but the grade will be reduced an additional 15 % of earned grade (i.e. if earned an 85% grade will be recorded as 70%). Late submission of book sharing/lesson plan, written reflections for book (all assignments that are part of the core assessment), 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 date will be recorded as a “zero”.
The authored book may not be turned in late due to publishing deadlines. The children's book has to be published on a date that has been set with the publisher. 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 School for Education's Conceptual Frameworks -- Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions. 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 and flash drives disappear. Be sure to save your work for backup purposes in several places/locations. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines. The core assessment, a children's book, will be sent for publication on a date set with the publishing company prior to the beginning of the semester. 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 to the company at the same time to meet the deadline for publication. Using a computer is not a requirement for completion of the book.
Cell phones should not be used in class. Do not text. It is understood there may be a circumstance that someone needs to take a call/text during class. If this happens, please excuse yourself, take care of the matter, and return to class as soon as possible. The past semesters this statement has been in the syllabus and “some” students still sit in class and text. This is disrespectful to both the other students and the professor. If texting is noticed by the professor, she will deduct 2 points from the attendance/participation grade from that student. The professor does not appreciate having to make this stipulation. She would prefer all in class participate and respect others’ time.
Course introduction, in class writing
Assignment: Complete writing survey/plan to discuss and turn in on 8/23)
Writing (Process/Skill), Triangular Perspective, Discuss Intro, Book packets, Brief discussion of book
Assignment: Fletcher Ch. 1 (type reflection using directions given & will discuss and hand in on 8/28) Read book packet before class on 8/28—the authored book will be discussed on 8/28)
Discussion of BOOK, Quick Write, Fletcher ch.1
Assignment: BOOK is due 10/09, reflection of writing process of book is due 10/11, Fletcher ch 2( 8/30)
Professional Writing, Fletcher ch. 2, Love of Language, Word Choice (6-Trait)
Assignment: autobiography (9/11), Fletcher Ch. 3(9/04)
Quick Write , language arts activities, Discuss BOOK
Assignment: Fletcher ch. 4 & 5(9/06), autobiography (9/11)
Peer Review autobiography, Specificity and Character Development, Word Choice
Assignment: Book (10/09) Reflection (10/11), Fletcher Ch. 6 (9/11), autobiography (9/11)
Voice (6-Trait), language arts activities
Assignment: Academic Article Annotation (9/18), Fletcher 7 & 8 (9/13)
Beginnings/Endings, Organization, Ideas
Assignment: Fletcher 9 & 10 (9/18), Bring in "stuff" about your book for peer discussion(9/20), Annotation for article due (9/20)
Quick Write, Tension and Sense of Place, Discuss relevance of writing
Assignment: Bring in "stuff" about your book for peer discussion(9/20), Annotation for article due (9/20) autobiography (9/27) (not required -- if want to have re-graded)
Discuss BOOK with peers and class as a whole (discuss beg/end, character, word choice, voice), Discuss academic article
Assignment: Fletcher 11 & 12 (9/25)
Place, Time, Language, Discussion of Writer and Teacher of Writing
Assignment: Fletcher 13 & Final Thoughts (9/27), Book(10/09)– includes book in the packet, the letter signed for the publisher, orders for book (if any), reflective writing on writing process of the book (10/11) – directions will be given
Final wrap up on Fletcher, Relevance of teacher’s role in developing writers
Discuss NCTE beliefs about teaching of writing -- thoughts on how beliefs/ideas fit into your thinking
Assignment: Book (10/09)– final of the book in the packet in order, the letter signed for the publisher, orders for book (if any), reflective writing on writing process of the book (10/11) directions will be given
Discuss Writing Process, language arts activities (possibilities)
Assignment: Book(10/09), Reflection (10/11), reflection/activity (10/25)
BOOK is due!!! 6 Traits (evaluate student examples), What is a Discourse Community and how was it used when writing your book?
Assignment: Book reflection (10/11)
Hand in Reflection of Writing Process of Book, 6-Traits (evaluating student examples), Portfolio Discussion, Final choices
Assignment: reflection/activity (10/25)
Motivation in self and development for students, language arts activities, MoSPE standards, Portfolio
Assignment: reflection/activity (10/25), Academic Article (10/30)
Quick Write, language arts activities (ie. writer’s notebook, etc.), lesson plan
Assignment: reflection/activity (10/30), Book Reading/Lesson Plan (11/13, 11/15, 11/20, 11/27, 11/29, 12/04) and 2 reflections/activities during the book reading/lesson plan dates announced, Reflection from CARS due the class after presentation, Final (12/06)
Discuss Academic Article, artifact template, Portfolio
Assignment: reflection/activity (11/01), artifact template (11/06)
Lesson Plan, Language arts activities
Assignment: artifact template (11/06)
English Language Learners, Needs of writers, Best Practices
English Language Learners, Needs of Writers, Best Practices
Assignment: reflection/activity (11/13), Book Reading/Lesson Plan(11/13, 11/15, 11/20, 11/27, 11/29, 12/04) and 2 reflections/activities during the book reading/lesson plan dates announced, Reflection for book reading/lesson plan/presentation due the class after presentation, Final (12/06)
Share Book Reading/Lesson Plan---Peers’ Quick writes shared
Turn in and Share final projects with class
Final REQUIRED MEETING
Notice: Absolutely no late work will be accepted after the designated final date.
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