Writing is critical for learning and a vital tool for communication. Effective teachers of writing gain insight from their own writing experiences and those of their peers. Decades of research suggest that teaching grammar in isolation has little, if any effect on improving student writing.
We will explore English grammar, including issues of genre, style, punctuation, and mechanics, in the context of our own writing and in the context of continuing developments in digital literacy, multi-genre projects, gender and racial identities, and English language learning for those whom English is not their first language. We will examine issues of equity, power, and social justice in mainstream, prescriptive approaches to English grammar.
This class fulfills teacher certification prerequisite and endorsement requirements. Even though this class is especially suited for educators and undergraduate students interested in education, all writers interested in developing and polishing their writing are welcome.
Due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, this offering will meet remotely using the Zoom meeting environment for synchronous class meetings and Canvas and other online tools for asynchronous learning opportunities. This offering will include lectures, workshops, and seminars. Learning will include recorded lectures and video-conferencing workshop sessions and seminars. My approach will emphasize participation in synchronous (live) sessions; however, if students find themselves unable to participate due to technology, caregiver obligations, economic disruption, health risk, or illness, they can work with me to pursue alternate options to earn related credit.
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Education, journalism, graduate studies, and other pursuits that require clear and concise written communication skills.