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 1/23 - 5/7

    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

    492.612.81 - Teaching Writing

    $2918

    Nicholas Maneno

    Online 1/23 - 5/7

    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

    492.640.81 - Teaching Argument

    $2918

    Christina McGee

    Online 1/23 - 5/7

    This course is designed for teachers in all disciplines and at all grade levels that currently teach or plan to teach argument writing. Its focus will be in four main areas: 1) Understanding Argument. Participants will be asked to read and reflect on current theory and methods of argument and will be asked to define “what does good argument writing look like” as it applies to their specific classroom and context. 2) Structure and Content of Argument. Participants will be asked to explore, reflect, and duplicate various forms of argument typically seen in classroom settings such as extended research, on-demand writing, self-selected topics, etc. Furthermore, participants will be asked to explore unconventional forms of argument and their value and impact on writing. 3) Assessment. Participants will be required to investigate and reflect on current trends in assessment within the classroom setting to include peer review, self-evaluation, reflection, holistic vs. analytic rubrics, etc. Participants will also explore and evaluate the impact that assessment has on the writer and their writing specifically addressing standardized test assessment. 4) Resources. Participants will be asked to investigate, evaluate, create and share resources on the teaching of argument. In addition, participants will be required to participate in group discussions, activities, and reflections.

    Technology Fee: $200.00

    492.650.81 - Reading Like a Writer

    $2918

    Edward Perlman

    Online 1/23 - 5/7

    Participants in this class will develop the skills needed to engage in the close reading of fiction, non-fiction, non-peer-reviewed science and medical writing, and poetry in order to apply what they glean from close reading to their own writing. They will also consider how they can apply the techniques of close reading to the teaching of writing in their specific subjects and grade levels. Through the exercises and assignments in "Reading Like a Writer," participants will examine the various techniques writers use to compose their sentences, to establish syntactic relationships within paragraphs, to suit writing style to topic and purpose, and to relate syntactic structure and design to thinking and to the ideas specific writing projects intend to communicate. Through learning to "Read Like a Writer," participants will develop strategies for improving their own writing.

    Technology Fee: $200.00

    492.661.81 - Teaching Composition at the College and Community College Level

    $2918

    Mark Farrington

    Online 1/23 - 5/7

    This course is for students who wish to teach composition at the college or community college level. The course focuses on all stages of the writing process and examines ways to use writing in college composition. Specific subjects include designing a composition syllabus, selecting texts, responding to and assessing writing, and working with peer response groups. The course also reviews the teaching of remedial writing and techniques for teaching adult writers. This course is based on the pro-seminar in teaching composition that many graduate programs require for college composition instructors.

    Technology Fee: $200.00

    492.665.81 - Teaching Writing to English Language Learner Students

    $2918

    Viet-ly Gonzalez

    Online 1/23 - 5/7

    Teaching writing to English language learning (ELL) students can be daunting when students have significant needs in listening, speaking, and reading. But even students with limited proficiency can write, and the time spent learning writing yields results in the other language skills. In this course (designed to have value for both ESOL teachers and regular classroom teachers with some ELL students), we'll discuss strategies for pre-writing, drafting, and revision. These strategies can be adapted to students' levels of English proficiency, levels of writing ability in students' home languages, and students' ages (young children through adults). We'll discuss how to foster writing confidence through drawing on students' backgrounds and building students’ overarching understanding of genre, as well as when and how to address accuracy in vocabulary, grammar, and mechanics. We'll focus on developing a classroom writing community—whether it is a self-contained ELL classroom, a typical classroom with embedded support for ELL students, or another learning setting-that encourages ELL students to take the risks that enable them to grow as writers and users of English.

    Technology Fee: $200.00

    492.700.81 - Thesis in Teaching Writing

    $2918

    Heidi Vornbrock Roosa

    Online 1/23 - 5/7

    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