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LLED 7408: Capstone in English Education
Mondays, Aderhold 319, 4:40-7:25PM
Fall, 2012
Professor: Peter Smagorinsky
skype: psmagorinsky [also available on Google+]
Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30-4:15

Note: The course syllabus is a general plan for the course; deviations announced to the class by the instructor may be necessary.

Another note: All academic work must meet the standards contained in A Culture of Honesty. All students are responsible for informing themselves about those standards before performing any academic work.

And another: I am required to say these things on my syllabus.

Smagorinsky, P. (2008). Teaching English by design: How to create and carry out instructional units. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Conceptual units from the Virtual Library of Conceptual Units

Smagorinsky, P., Johannessen, L. R., Kahn, E., & McCann, T. (2010). The dynamics of writing instruction: A structured process approach for middle and high school. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Fun Fact
"syllabus": Syllabus began life as a printer's error in a 15th-century edition of Cicero's Epistles to the Atticans. In this work Cicero had written "indices . . . quos vos Graeci . . . sittubas appelatis," meaning "indexes, which were called sittubas by the Greeks." The printer misprinted "syllabos" for "sittubas" and syllabos, later slightly changed to syllabus (instead of sittubas), became a synonym for index. Its meaning of index or table of contents was later expended to mean "an outline or other brief statement of a discourse, the contents of a curriculum, etc." Source: The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins by Robert Hendrickson

This course is designed to teach you how to plan instruction in secondary school English/Language Arts classes. Keep in mind that no single course can teach you every thing there is to know about teaching. A rigorous pre-service education can provide important preparation for teaching, but you'll learn much on the job that simply isn't available in a college course. But this course can provide you with a framework of knowledge that will help you in making instructional decisions once you are on the job, if you are willing to work hard enough, read the materials, and apply knowledge from the course to the projects you do.

Our primary task in LLED 7408 will be to learn how to design instructional units of 4-6 weeks. After the first few sessions, we will devote time each week to a workshop in which you design a unit of instruction based on principles derived from the assigned readings and class discussions. Specific responsibilities in designing this unit are described in the Course Projects section of this syllabus.

Your grade for this class will be based on an average of two components of the course:
1. A whole conceptual unit of instruction, which is due at the end of the course, is worth 50% of your grade, and will be evaluated according to this rubic. Either individually or in collaboration with one or two other students, you will prepare a teaching unit encompassing about 4-6 weeks to be used in student teaching. The unit will organize literature around a concept as described in Teaching English by Design. The unit will include the following components:

Introductory Activity
Specific lessons and activities

2. The production of different segments of this unit during the process of the course. These include the rationale, goals/rubrics, introductory activity, and a one-week sample lesson. Each of these may be revised and averaged in with the grade provided for the total of these segments. With the four different segments, each eligible for a revision, you might have between 4 and 8 items included in this portion of your grade. Regardless of how many, the averaged total of these assignments will be worth 50% of your grade.

You will find model units available at the Virtual Library of Conceptual Units. You should download units listed in red for models of good unit design. In addition, these units will serve as instructional tools when we go over how to produce various components (rationale, goals/rubrics, etc.) of your own units. Specific information on how to develop each of these components will be provided during the semester.

The menu at the top of this page will link you directly to the Virtual Library and many other resources that I've developed to help you design your units.

Week 1: August 12: Introduction

Week 2: August 19: Students' Ways of Knowing, Scaffolding Students' Learning Processes
Readings for August 19: Teaching English by Design: Foreword, Preface and Chapters 1 and 2

Week 3: August 26: Alternatives to Teacher-Led Discussions, Planning the Whole Course
Readings for August 26: Teaching English by Design, Chapters 3 and 4 AND Activities that Promote Discussion Links Page

Week 4: September 2: LABOR DAY-NO CLASS
During this week, you should begin to read the Outlines for Conceptual Units and select units from the Virtual Library of Conceptual Units to serve as models for your work this semester. I also suggest consulting the Resources for Designing Units, and draw on them when designing your unit.

Week 5: September 9: Goals for Conventional Writing Assignments, Goals for Unconventional Writing Assignments
Readings for September 9: Teaching English by Design, Chapters 5 and 6 AND Virtual Library of Conceptual Units --Goals

Week 6: September 16: Responding to Student Writing, Why Conceptual Units?
Readings for September 16: Teaching English by Design, Chapters 7 and 8

Week 7: September 23: The Basics of Unit Design, Your Unit Rationale
Readings for September 23: Teaching English by Design, Chapters 9 and 10 AND Virtual Library of Conceptual Units --Rationale and Materials
Goals/Rubrics due

Week 8: September 30: Outlining a Unit, 12. Setting up the Construction Zone
Readings for September 30: Teaching English by Design, Chapters 11 and 12
Rationale due
Goals/Rubrics revisions due

Week 9: October 7: Introductory Activities
Readings for October 7: Teaching English by Design, Chapter 13 AND Virtual Library of Conceptual Units --Introductory Activities

Week 10: October 14: Down and Dirty: Daily Planning
Readings for October 14: Teaching English by Design, Chapter 14 AND Virtual Library of Conceptual Units --Daily Lesson Plans
Introductory Activity due
Rationale revisions due

Week 11: October 21: Teaching Writing I
Readings for October 21: The Dynamics of Writing Instruction, Foreword, Introduction, Chapters 1 and 2

Week 12: October 28: Teaching Writing II
Readings for October 28: The Dynamics of Writing Instruction, Chapter 3 & 4
One-week sample lesson due
Introductory Activity revisions due

Week 13: November 4: Teaching Writing III
Readings for November 4: The Dynamics of Writing Instruction, Chapter 5 & 6

Week 14: November 11: Teaching Writing IV
Readings for November 11: The Dynamics of Writing Instruction, Chapter 7-8
One-week sample lesson revisions due

Week 15: November 18 :Teaching Writing V
Readings for November 18: The Dynamics of Writing Instruction, Chapter 9


Week 17: December 2:
Last class at my house: Final Units Due!

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