Course Schedule

The courses below are those offered for the term. (To view the course description, class dates & times, touch on accordion tab by the title.)

  • Online Courses

    492.601.81 - Fundamentals of Writing for Graduate Students

    $2918

    Heidi Vornbrock Roosa

    Online 9/5 - 12/18

    This intensive writing course offers students a foundation in essay composition and provides an in-depth review of sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation. Designed for those students who need to improve their written communication skills, the curriculum in Writing Basics examines the various techniques writers use to compose their sentences, to establish syntactic relationships within paragraphs, to draft thesis and transitional sentences, and to relate syntactic structure to ideas. Students will master a basic format for the expository or argumentative essay that will include strategies for finding and drafting a thesis, for shaping a proof of that thesis, and for drawing conclusions that demonstrate synthetic, independent thinking. Working through multiple drafts of their essays, students will develop strategies for revision that will focus on both syntax and structure. Note: AS.492.601, Fundamentals of Writing for Graduate Students has been designed for students in all AAP Programs who seek additional help to strengthen their writing skills. The course is not intended for students in the Teaching Writing Program, and Teaching Writing students should not sign up for it.

    Technology Fee: $200.00 This course is not for Teaching Writing students but rather for students in other AAP programs who wish to improve their basic writing skills.

    492.612.81 - Teaching Writing

    $2918

    Mark Farrington

    Online 9/5 - 12/18

    This core course is designed for teachers in all disciplines and at all grade levels who use writing in their teaching and who have an interest in exploring their own writing as well. Someone not currently in a classroom can also complete the course successfully. The course has three main goals: 1. To help participants add to their existing knowledge of teaching writing, focusing particularly on writing as process and the various methods and practices that focus on each individual stage of that process (prewriting, drafting, responding, revising, editing and publishing). 2. To encourage participants to reflect upon their current practices in teaching writing, helping them clarify for themselves their goals and methods in teaching writing, and to provide additional ideas and possibilities that might add to their existing “tool box”. 3. To allow participants to engage in their own writing and writing process, in order to experience both roles of writer and writing teacher, and to see how one’s own writing experiences can enhance one’s knowledge as a teacher of writing. In addition, participants will consider the relationship of reading and writing, will become familiar with leading theories and theorists on the teaching of writing, will share their ideas, their knowledge, and their experiences, and will be encouraged to adapt their learning to make it most useful to their individual teaching situations (grade level, discipline, student population, etc.).

    Technology Fee: $200.00

    492.630.81 - The Power of Story: Teaching and Writing Narrative

    $2918

    Heidi Vornbrock Roosa

    Online 9/5 - 12/18

    This course is designed for participants who wish to teach and write fictional, factual, and poetic narrative. The course covers elements of narrative, including plot, character, setting, tone, pacing, dialogue, and theme, plus the terms writers use to discuss and analyze narrative. Program participants learn how to introduce this language in their classrooms and to engage their own students in discussion about assigned reading and writing. Participants in this course write original narratives from prompts and discuss those writings in a workshop environment. Participants may also read narrative poems, short stories, one or more novels or novel excerpts, and one or more nonfiction narratives, with an eye toward how reading can inform and enrich the writing experience, as well as reading articles on teaching process and theory – including recent brain research concerning the value of narrative. This course also helps teachers understand the differences between factual and nonfactual writing, and how they can be separated or combined.

    Technology Fee: $200.00

    492.642.81 - Writing in Literature

    $2918


    Online 9/5 - 12/18

    Writing is a natural tool for responding to, noticing, and noting the conventions of powerful literature. This course is designed to give instructors of literature writing tools to assist students in finding and expressing their own response to literature in lieu of lecturing on a single ‘read’ of a piece. Participants in the course will experience a number of protocols for responding to literature including literature workshops—which mimic the intellectual moves of an alert reader—response logs, questioning logs, Harkness discussions, and routine rehearsal of writerly moves in a low-risk environment. During the course, participants can expect to create and analyze in both poetry and prose and read and respond to literature. The course ends with an analytical paper mimicking an academic community of peers.

    Technology Fee: $200.00

    492.660.81 - Writing for Young Readers

    $2918

    Susan Muaddi-darraj

    Online 9/5 - 12/18

    This course focuses on reading and writing stories and books for children and young adults. Readings include poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Participants read published writing geared toward young readers with an eye toward understanding techniques and approaches to writing for this particular audience. They also write their own works designed for young readers. The course goals are threefold: to focus on teaching students to read children’s and young adult literature; teaching students to write children’s and young adult literature; and teaching the teacher participants to write children’s and young adult literature.

    Technology Fee: $200.00

    492.700.81 - Thesis in Teaching Writing

    $2918

    Heidi Vornbrock Roosa

    Online 9/5 - 12/18

    In this final capstone course, students work on defining and expressing their own theories and best practices in teaching writing, while at the same time developing and refining their own writing. Students create and revise an individual portfolio that includes creative or personal writing along with writing about issues, theories and practices in the teaching of writing. Thesis students also create and research a statement of inquiry related to their specific teaching interests and situation. Students refine all these writings during this course, working with other students and independently with the instructor and/or individual project advisors. All eight prior courses must be completed before a student may enroll in Thesis.

    Technology Fee: $200.00 Students must have completed all eight prior courses before enrolling in Thesis.

    492.800.81 - Independent Study in Teaching Writing

    $2918


    Online 9/5 - 12/18

    An independent study involves a special project a student proposes to complete within a single semester, working one-on-one with a faculty member. The project must involve writing and teaching writing, and it must not duplicate material covered in existing courses. Proposals for an independent study should be submitted in writing to program leadership no later than 60 days before the start of the target semester.

    Technology Fee: $200.00