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Riki Thompson
TIAS 514
Tacoma Campus

Teaching Writing - Theory and Practicum

Covers theories and practices of writing education and the history and challenges of writing assessment. Emphasizes pedagogical questions of teaching diverse student populations.

Class description

This course introduces students to the practical and theoretical aspects of teaching writing in K-12 environments, with a focus on writing instruction in secondary schools. Topics to be addressed include: motivating writing in school settings, teaching a diverse student population, writing process theory, challenges of evaluation and assessment, grading effectively and efficiently.

Student learning goals

Broadly, this course has been designed to provide you with a theoretical background and practical tools for teaching writing. More specifically you will learn:

バ about theoretical issues underlying the teaching of writing バ how to identify and analyze well designed writing activities that engage learners バ how to design effective writing assignments for a diverse population バ how to respond to student writing バ how to apply assessment tools to evaluate writing

General method of instruction

This course is hands-on. articipants will read, write, and discuss their own and others writing, plan writing activities, observe a writing class, interview a writing teacher, and research issues related to national and state-mandated writing assessment.

Recommended preparation

OPEN TO ED. MINORS WITH PERMISSION FROM INSTRUCTOR AND PREREQUISITE TXCG/TWRT 272 OR EQUIVALENT WRITING COURSE. For permission email Dr. Riki Thompson- rikitiki@u.washington.edu

Class assignments and grading

I am most interested in seeing you demonstrate your ability to: work with complex ideas; apply theories and synthesize readings to make sense of problems; explore and evaluate resources thoughtfully and seriously; comprehensively revise your work and rethink your approaches to ideas and writing.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Riki Thompson
Date: 12/17/2008