ENGL 5389 Seminar on Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking Fall 2011

Peggy Kulesz

Tim Morris

1400-1650 Th

304 Preston Hall

office hours by appointment
Kulesz 203E Carlisle Hall 817.272.2488
kulesz at uta dot edu
Morris 203C Carlisle Hall 817.272.2739
tmorris at uta dot edu

office mailbox 203 Carlisle Hall

mailing address Box 19035, UTA 76019

to the schedule of readings and assignments

reading list

syllabus: This syllabus may be updated as the semester goes on. We may post updated versions that indicate readings, discussion plans, and reference materials. However, every component of your grade is shown here at the beginning. If you're reading this on a piece of paper, please refer to the date and time of printing (at the bottom of each page) to see when the version you are holding was printed. For continuous updates look on line at http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/courses/5389f11/5389main.html

course description and student learning outcomes: This seminar investigates problems and approaches to teaching composition and reading to first-year college students. Readings concentrate on current theories of composition, reading, and critical thinking. Although the course is specifically oriented towards training new graduate teaching assistants at UTA, it is possible to adapt material to other courses and other levels of instruction. Students will learn how to/be able to:

Descriptions of Major Assignments with Due Dates:

I. Summary-Responses. You will need to respond to specified articles/essays (those that are asterisked* in the schedule below). Summary responses are DUE on 8 December. Incomplete assignments will not receive full credit. Write approximately 1-page-long (DS) summary responses. Be sure to have the following three parts in each of your summary-responses:

  1. Summarize: In two or three sentences (a short paragraph – approx. 50 words), restate in your own words the author's main argument and support reasons.
  2. Synthesize: In the next paragraph or two, weave together ideas/material from the reading with something else. That "something else" can be information/ideas from prior readings/class discussions or personal prior knowledge (especially try to draw on personal experience as a student or teacher).
  3. Apply: Try to think of a way that the reading might apply to or influence your own teaching practice: is this an idea to try (how so)? Or is this an idea to avoid (why)?

II. Complete the major ENGL 1301 assignments: