Instructor: Barbara Kirchmeier
8-10:50 a.m., June 25-July 2
Our understanding of the ways that students learn how to write, and the ways we approach teaching writing, have changed over time. In this class, we will examine foundational texts that continue to define the field of Writing Studies. We will start with a quick overview of current-traditional rhetoric, expressivism, cognitivism, social contructivism, critical pedagogy and post-structuralism. Next, we'll look at current work related to issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the writing classroom; teaching writing in virtual and online spaces; and teaching "specialty" writing curricula (such as dual credit and AP). during this course we'll work as a whole class to answer questions about our teaching-of-writing philosophies, we'll work in literature circles to answer questions about ways we can best approach teaching out students based on our individual needs and interests, and we'll work individually to critically examine a topic of our choice that will help us on our personal journey of being a better teacher of writing. By the end of the course, we should be able to answer the following questions:
- What do I believe about the teaching of writing? What role/s do I play as a teacher? What role/s do my students play?
- What can I do in my classroom to work towards a more equitable learning environment? How can I differently structure my approach to teaching, assessing, and evaluating writing to shift the power in the classroom?
- What can I do in a virtual, online, or hybrid classroom to encourage student growth? How can I use new technologies to differently approach teaching writing while still being true to my teaching-of-writing philosophy?
- What can I do to best meet the needs of students in different curricular situations, including dual credit and AP courses?
- What do I want to learn about as a teacher-of-writing to feel ready to face the upcoming school year? How can I tell others about what I've learned? How can I set goals for myself for the future?
Young Adult Literature in a Time of Upheaval: Teaching for Connection, Critical Literacy, and Social Justice.
Instructor: Janis Johnson
11 a.m. to 1:50 p.m., June 25-July 2
Jan Johnson will teach "Young Adult Literature in a Time of Upheaval: Teaching for Connection, Critical Literacy, and Social Justice." We'll read recent YAL novels (realist, dystopian, speculative and graphic), poetry and film through theories of human/environmental connectedness, social constructions of power and difference, and transformation. Primary text themes include historical legacies, immigration, race, sexual identity and citizenship.
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Shout, 2019.
Chee, Traci. We Are Not Free, 2020.
Dimaline, Chari. The Marrow Thieves, 2017.Keating, Analouise. Teaching Transformations: transcultural classroom dialogues, Palgrave/McMillan, 2007.
Mendoza, Paula and Abbie Shur. Sanctuary, 2020.
Thomas, Aiden. Cemetery Boys, 2020.
Thomas, Angie. The Hate You Give, 2017.