English | Advanced Expository Writing
W350 | 1792 | Cariello


2:30p-3:45p TR (25) 3 cr.

COAS INTENSIVE WRITING SECTION. PREREQUISITE:
W131 OR EQUIVALENT. THIS SECTION HAS BEEN
DESIGNATED FOR EDUCATION MAJORS.

This section of W350 has been designed for Education majors and
for those seeking secondary certification. It fulfills the advanced
writing requirements of both the School of Education and the
College of Arts and Sciences.

The aims of this course are threefold: first, to help Education
students further develop their writing skills; second, to explore key
issues in teaching and learning; and third, to provide a model of
inquiry about education that prospective teachers can bring to their
future work. In short, this course is designed to help Education
students become reflective practitioners of their craft.

Through a sequence of writing assignments, students will be asked
to analyze various viewpoints on teaching and learning with an eye
toward developing arguments about current issues such as
multiculturalism, bilingualism, literacy, and the ways in which
race, class and gender play out in the classroom. A repeated theme
in the readings for this course is that all students bring a wealth of
previously acquired cultural knowledge to bear on a given learning
situation;  Freire would call this the larger "narrative of education"
that constantly plays out in classrooms. The readings listed below
explore and problematize those narratives; students will be asked
to analyze them and their attendant rhetorics of education, and to
contemplate how these narratives might translate into pedagogical
practices in secondary education. Additionally, students will be
asked to explore their own compositional strategies, life
experiences, and educational backgrounds in light of the
experiences of others. The end goal is to get students to consider
the implications of these personal and analytic explorations for
their own pedagogical concepts and classroom practices.

Texts:
Paulo Freire, PEDAGOGY OF THE OPPRESSED
Richard Rodriguez, HUNGER OF MEMORY
John Dewey, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Ernest Gaines, a lesson before dying
Anson and Schwegler, THE LONGMAN HANDBOOK

Viewings:
DEAD POETS' SOCIETY
RICHARD RODRIGUEZ WITH BILL MOYERS