Fall 2021: ENGL 259 – Tentative Reading List

Week
Date
Topics, Readings, Assignments, Deadlines
1Aug. 24Introduction to the course / Literacy narrative(s)  

Read: Sherman Alexie
Nancy Sommers
2Aug. 31The Parameters of the Task at Hand  

Read: Ball and Loewe*
Chapter: “America is Facing a Literacy Crisis” (Jacob Babb)
Chapter: “First-Year Composition Prepares Students for Academic Writing” (Tyler Branson)
Chapter: “You Can Learn to Write in General” (Elizabeth Wardle)
Chapter: “Some People are Just Born Good Writers” (Jill Parrott)
3Sept. 7Parameters II: Parameter Harder  

Read: Ball and Loewe*
Chapter: “Strunk and White Set the Standard” (Laura Lisabeth)
Chapter: “There is One Correct Way of Writing and Speaking” (Anjali Pattanayak)
Chapter: “Teaching Grammar Improves Writing” (Patricia A. Dunn)
Chapter: “Grammar Should be Taught Separately as Rules to Learn” (Muriel Harris)
4Sept. 14A Slightly Wider View  

Read: Tate, et al. (pp. 1-19)
Crowley, The Invention of Freshman English*
Parker, Where Do English Departments Come From?*
Matsuda, Myth of Linguistic Homogeneity*
5Sept. 21Wait, It’s People We’re Teaching?

Read: Royster, When the First Voice You Hear Is Not Your Own*
Bloom, Freshman Composition as a Middle-Class Enterprise*
Rose, Language of Exclusion*
6Sept. 28Mhm, Yeah, People  

Read Inoue, chs. From Labor-Based Assessment
Cedillo and Bratta
7Oct. 5Can We Circle Back to This “People” Thing?  

Read: Williams, Phenomenology of Error*
Hartwell, Grammar, Grammars, and the Teaching of Grammar*
Tech changes writing (Recs desired)
8Oct. 12Just Checked Again. Definitely Human People  

Read: Perryman-Clark (SRTOL)
Vershawn Young (code-meshing) (Recs desired)
Translingualism (Recs desired)
9Oct. 19Parameters III: Electric Boogaloo

Read: Corder, Argument as Emergence, Rhetoric as Love*
Powell, Learning (Teaching) to Teach (Learn)*
hooks, Engaged Pedagogy*
Brooke, Underlife and Writing Instruction*
10Oct. 26Process, Now with More People!  

Read: Prendergast, Can I Use I?
Kristi Fleckenstein’s “An Appetite for Coherence: Arousing and Fulfilling Desires.”
Something about multimodality (Recs desired)
11Nov. 2ELECTION DAY – Politics in the Classroom

Read: Berlin, Rhetoric and Ideology in the Writing Class*
Brodkey, Making a Federal Case Out of Difference*
Kahn? (Recs desired)
12Nov. 9When Peers Talk

Read: Meeks, “Givers Gain Teaching Philosophy”*
ELI Review stuff
Oleksiak, Slow Peer-Review
13Nov. 16Hey, Teacher! Probably Shouldn’t Leave Those Peers (Totally) Alone

Read: Ferris and Roberts, Error Feedback in L2 Writing Classes*
Darsie Bowden
Robillard, We Won’t Get Fooled Again*
14Nov. 23Grading

Read: Inoue, chs. From Labor-Based Assessment
Lunsford and Lunsford, Mistakes Are a Fact of Life*

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