B EDUC 491
The class will guide you to develop a clear sense of the various academic tasks in your disciplines, while providing you with a set of practical tools and strategies that will help you complete those tasks more successfully. The course will lead you to reflect on the kinds of literate activity you encounter by engaging you with Writing in the Disciplines and Writing across the Curriculum accounts of undergraduate writing and learning. To investigate the practices and conventions required for good writing in your disciplinary fields, you will conduct a series of ethnographic research inquiries. You will reflect on the kinds of literate activity you encounter by analyzing the rhetorical, grammatical, and stylistic features of actual reading and writing samples from your own disciplines. The course will guide you to theorize and articulate the practices and expertise that you feel are required for good writing in your majors. As this course will take you on an exploration of disciplinary-based experiences of undergraduate writing and learning, you will create a disciplinary portfolio throughout the quarter. The portfolio will consist of a series of interrelated tasks and assignments, which are explained in the course requirements.
Student learning goals
-To practice and refine your understanding of what it means to do academic research within your discipline
-To develop advanced rhetorical knowledge directly relevant to the study of your discipline
-To learn a set of practical tools and strategies that will help you complete various academic tasks in your disciplines more successfully
-To reflect on the kinds of literate activity you encounter in your disciplines by analyzing actual reading and writing samples from your disciplines
- To develop a better understanding of both your own writing and your expectations of other texts by participating in a highly individualized writing workshop
-To practice employing the conventions of academic English while exploring the potential social benefits of doing so
General method of instruction
Workshops in Small and Large Groups, Lectures, Discussions, Presentations
Do the homework assigned for each class and come to class prepared for class discussions and activities. Use your homework, reading responses, and journal entries as springboards for your assignments as well as for your participation in class activities.
Class assignments and grading
Participation in Class Activities, Collaborative Learning, Reading Responses, Presentations, Writing Assignments, Final Portfolio