Weekly Schedule

Notes: Readings, video work, and commentary are due by the day under which they are listed. Journals are due when I announce them, but always have them for Monday reading discussions.


Student Writing and Academic Expectations

Week of Jan. 12

M:
Policies, Procedures and Orientation to syllabus; some discussions about writing

W: Wingate, M. "Writing Centers as Sites of Academic Culture" (e-reserve)

F: Perry, V. "My Teacher Hates Me!" (e-reserve) + review of a short essay.

Week of Jan. 19

M : Downs, D. & Wardle, E. "Teaching about Writing" (e-reserve) + you will get a Core paper to review (due W)

W: Writing Workshop with the Eng. 103 or Core paper (bring to class with your commentary written--both margin and final comments)

F: Eubanks, P and Schaeffer, J. "A Kind Word for Bullshit: The Problem of Academic Writing" (e-reserve).


Week of Jan. 26

M: Yother, B. "Helping Students Write Literary Analyses"(e-reserve)

W: Rutgers' plagiarism exercise "Writing From Sources," in class

F: iMovie workshop in class.


Where peer-tutoring fits in: Theory, Practice, Priorities:

Week of Feb. 2

M: North, S. "The Idea of a Writing Center" (St. Martin's Sourcebook)

W: Video Work : "The Fix-it Shop" from "Training for Tough Tutorials" (review scenes before class & complete feedback form in class).

F: Shaparkenko, "Focus on Focus" (e-reserve) & Kendall, "The Assignment Sheet Mystery' (handout)


Week of Feb. 9

M: , Bartholomae, D. "The Study of Error" (e-reserve) + Harvard faculty and students discuss the role of commentary and conferences (video in class)

W: Commentary exercise in class (download and write commentary before we meet): "What if Drugs Were Legal?"

F: iMovie or writing workshop in class


Week of Feb. 16

M: Glover, C. & Stay, B. "Grammar in the Writing Center" (e-reserve), Ryan, L. Bedford Guide for Writing Tutors, Ch. 4, Lanham's Paramedic Method (Writer's Web)

W: Commentary workshop: Video Work : You will meet without me (I'll be at Stanford, researching their First-Year Seminars Program) "The Grammar Tutorial" from "Training for Tough Tutorials (review scenes before class & complete feedback form in class).

You are to use class time to review each others' work. E-mail me your feedback forms by 5pm on Thursday, Feb. 19 (I'll begin reviewing them before I fly back).

F: Class canceled.


The Role of Written Commentary

Week of Feb. 23

M: Straub, R. "Concept of Control in Teacher Response" (e-reserve)

W: Gorkemli, S. "This is a Redneck Argument!," (e-reserve) & McGlaun, S. "Reflections on Teacher Comments" (e-reserve)

F: Ryan, L. Bedford Guide for Writing Tutors (ch. 1&3--ignore exercises), Bader, A. "Do's and Don'ts" of Writing Commentary (Writer's Web)

Video Work: "The Offensive Paper" from "Training for Tough Tutorials (review scenes before class & complete feedback form in class).

NOTE FOR MIDTERM PREPARATION: print and bring to class a piece of your writing (at least three pages) along with the assignment, to trade w/ a classmate for a commentary midterm exam after break. You may bring an ongoing assignment for a current class or an old paper. Before the exam, you may e-mail your writer, me, or classmates any questions you have about the paper you are reviewing. Questions about the assignment should go to the professor who wrote it.


Conferencing Techniques and Issues

Week of March 2

M: Midterm in Class. You will:

1) Hold a conference (no more than 20 minutes) with the classmate with whom you traded papers, then prepare Writing Center Reports (using me as the professor).

2) Be given an essay Q. Your answers must be posted to your wikis by class on W. The topic will generally involve explaining the approach you took and stating which readings and approaches to tutoring influenced your choices.

Review Before the Midterm:

Tips for Effective Conferences & Reports & An Awful Report & a Good One

W: Freed, S. "Subjectivity in the Tutorial Session. Video Work: "The Strong Paper" from "Training for Tough Tutorials (review scenes before class & complete feedback form in class).

F: iMovie or writing workshop in class


Spring BREAK: March 7-15. Class will meet again M. March 16. ¡Buen Viaje!


Week of March 16

M: Brooks, F. "Minimalist Tutoring" & Shamoon, L. & Burns, D. "A Critique of Pure Tutoring" (St. Martin's Sourcebook)

W: Discusson of Final-project ideas. Review topic before class. Ryan. L. Bedford Guide for Writing Tutors, Ch. 8. & Sherwood, S. "Apprenticed to Failure: Learning from the Students We Can't Help," (e-reserve).

F: Video Work: Each group does one in class: "The Angry Writer," The Demoralized Writer," or "The Bloody Paper" from "Training for Tough Tutorials"


Interpersonal & Cultural Issues

Week of March 23

M: Haynes-Burton, C. "Thirty-Something Students" (St. Martin's Sourcebook) & Smith, A. "Non-traditional Students in the Writing Center," (e-reserve)

W: Gardner, et. al. "Writing Center Ethics & Non-traditional Students" & Cogie, J. "In Defense of Conference Summaries" (e-reserve)

Three tough interpersonal situations

Video Work: Each group reviews video for one before class, then we discuss & do in-class reports: "The Friend," "The Nontraditional Student," and "The Student Athlete" from "Training for Tough Tutorials"

F: iMovie or writing workshop in class


Week of March 30

M: Harris, M. "Cultural Conflicts in the Writing Center" (St. Martin's Sourcebook)

W: Bedford Guide for Writing Tutors, Ch. 5

Video Work: "ESL Help" from "Training for Tough Tutorials" (review scenes before class & complete feedback form in class) & Two Business Letters

F: iMovie or writing workshop in class


Week of April 6

Monday: Bosporus-Project Prospectus Due at start of class.

M: Severino,C. "The Doodles in Context: Qualifying Claims about Contrastive Rhetoric," Moujtahid, B. "Influence of Cultural and Linguistic Backgrounds on the writing of Arabic and Japanese Students of English," & Mosher, et al. "Creating a Common Ground with ESL Writers" (all are on e-reserve)

Each student selects one of the three and prepares a detailed response in his or her class journal

W: Visit by Nuray Grove, Director of ESL Services--discussion of ESL issues and Writing Centers & teaching in Turkey for our final project

F: iMovie or writing workshop in class.


Technology and Writing

Week of April 13

M: Baron, D. "From Pencils to Pixels" & Cooper, G. et. al. + a look at LSU's writing program (video in class)

W: Breuch, L. "Protocols and Process in Online Tutoring" (St. Martin's Sourcebook) & "Tutor Time Commitment in Online Writing Centers." (e-reserve)

F: Pemberton, M "Planning for Hypertexts in the Writing Center" (St. Martin's Sourcebook)

Final project weeks

Week of April 20 & April 27:

Project Meetings: Week of April 20:

M: Jake, Madeline, Erin & Alex, Megan, Jessie

W: Lizzie, Mona, Aleena, Johanna & Dylan, Chris

F: Maria, Marianne, Fiona & Elon, Emily

F May 1: Last day of class. Final work for Bosporus Project due.

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