August 29: What is college writing?
Carr, Jean Ferguson. “Composition, English, and the University.” PMLA. 129.3 (2014): 435-441.

Duffy, John. “Virtuous Arguments

Monday, September 5: Labor Day no class, attend First Year Writing Open house during free hour on September 6 or 7

September 12: What are we teaching? And why?
Berube, Michael. “Teaching to the Six.” Pedagogy 2.1 (2002): 3-15.

Bartholomae, “Inventing the University.” Journal of Basic Writing 5.1 (1986): 4-23.

Bizzell, Patricia. “Composition Studies Saves the World” College Composition and Communication 72.2 (2009): 174-187.

Bradbury, Kelly. “Into the Classroom: Pedagogical Approaches to the Rhetoric of Intellectualism and Anti-intellectualism.” Reimagining Popular Notions of American Intellectualism: Literacy, Education, and Class. Southern Illinois UP, 2016. 119-144.

Delpit, Lisa. “The Politics of Teaching Literate Discourse.” Literacy: A Critical TeachingSourcebook. Ed. Ellen Cushman et al. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 545-554.

Owens, Kim Hensley. “Teaching ‘the Six’—and Beyond.” Pedagogy 9.3 (2009): 388-397.

September 19: Reading like a Writer
John C. Bean, “Helping Students Read Difficult Texts.” Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom. Wiley, 2011, 161-182.

Bunn, Mike. “How to Read Like a WriterWriting Spaces: Readings on Writing. Vol. 2. Ed. Charlie Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky. Fort Collins, CO and West Lafayette, IN: WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press, 2011. 71-86.

Amy Devitt, “Teaching Critical Genre Awareness.” Genre in a Changing World. Ed. Charles   Bazerman, Adair Bonini, Debora Figueiredo. Fort Collins, CO: 2009: 337-351.

Gaipa, Mark. “Breaking into the Conversation: How Students Can Acquire Authority for Their Writing.” Pedagogy 4.3 (2004), 419-437.

September 26: Designing Writing Assignments
Bean, John C. “Formal Writing Assignments” Engaging Ideas. Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom. Wiley, 2011Harvey, “Elements of the Academic Essay”

Lessner, Steven and Collin Craig. “‘Finding Your Way In’: Invention as Inquiry Based Learning in First Year Writing.” Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing. Vol. 1. Ed. Charlie Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky. Fort Collins, CO and West Lafayette, IN: WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press, 2010. 126-145.

Walk, Kerry. “Creating Assignments


Monday, October 3: no class

Thursday, October 6 (Monday schedule): Feedback and Revision
Harris, Joseph. “Revision as Critical Practice.” College English 65.6 (July 2003): 577-592.

Nancy Sommers’s Responding to Student Writers

“Commenting Strategies” on The Writing Campus (video) on

John C. Bean, “Helping Writers Think Rhetorically.” Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom. Wiley, 2011, 39-51.

Haswell, Richard. “The Complexities of Responding to Student Writing; Or, Looking for Shortcuts via The Road of Excess.” The Norton Book of Composition Studies. Susan Miller, Ed. New York: Norton, 2009. 1262-90. Print.

October 10: no class

October 17:  Grading and Assessment
Anson, Chris. “The Jonas Incident.” The WAC Casebook. New York: Oxford UP, 2001.

Elbow, Peter. “Ranking, Evaluating and Liking: Sorting Out Three Forms of Judgment” College English 55.2 (1993).

Yancey, Kathleen Blake, Michael Bernard Donals, Margaret Daisley, Maureen Neal, Steven VanderStaay, Nick Carbone, and Brian Huot. “The Conversation Continues: A Dialogue on Grade Inflation.” The Theory and Practice of Grading Writing: Problems and Possibilities. Frances Zak and Christopher C. Weaver, Eds. Albany, NY: SUNY P, 1998. 185-92. Print.

Sample papers, essay assignment, and rubrics 1 and sample-rubric-1: Essay 1, Essay 2, Essay 3, Essay 4, Essay 5, Essay 6

October 24: “Diversity,” Inclusivity, and Universal Design

Horner, Bruce, Min-Zhan Lu, Jacqueline Jones Royster, John Trimbur. “Language Difference in Writing: Towards a Translingual Approach.” College English. 73.1 (2011): 303-321.

Coleman, Taiyon J., Renee DeLong, Kathleen Sheerin Devore, Shannon Gibney, and Michael C. Kuhne. “The Risky Business of Engaging Racial Equity in Writing Instruction: A Tragedy in Five Acts.” Teaching English in the Two-Year College. 43.4 (2016), 347-370.

Gibson, Michelle, Martha Marinara, and Deborah Meem. “Bi, Butch, and Bar Dyke: Pedagogical Performances of Class, Gender, and Sexuality.” College Composition and Communication. 52.1 (2000), 69-95.

Wood, Tara, Jay Dolmage, Margaret Price, Cynthia Lewiecki-Wilson. “Moving Beyond Disability 2.0 in Composition Studies.” Composition Studies. 42.2 (2014), 147-150.

October 31: Responding to error
Blaauw-Hara, Mark. “Why Our Students Need Instruction in Grammar, and How We Should Go About It.” Teaching English in the Two-Year College 34.2 (2006): 165-78.

Corrigan, Paul T. “Error in Student Writing: A Balanced, Developmental Approach.” The Writing Campus (

Evans, Ann. “Beyond Grammar: Linguistics in Language and Writing Courses.” Pedagogy 11:2 (2011): 285-300.

Micciche, Laura R. “Making a Case for Rhetorical Grammar.” College Composition and Communication. 55.4 (2004), 716-737 

November 7: Intellectual Property, Citations, and Teaching Research
Chien, Shih-Chieh. “Cultural Constructions of Plagiarism in Student Writing: Teachers’ Perceptions and Responses” Research in the Teaching of English. 49: 2 (2014), 120-140.

Howard, Rebecca Moore, Tricia Serviss, and Tanya K. Rodrigue. “Writing from Sources, Writing from Sentences.” Writing and Pedagogy 2.2 (2010): 177-92. Print.

Rob Jenkins, “Toward a Rational Response to Plagiarism” Chronicle of Higher Education. 14 Aug 2011.

“Plagiarism in a Digital Age” The Chronicle Council. November 2005. (

Council of Writing Program Administrators “Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices.” 2008. (

Writing at Queens: Plagiarism Resources (including “The Many Ways of Saying, ‘Don’t Even Think About It’” and WPA Statement on Best Practices)


November 14: Gaming, Play and Technology
Excerpt from Gee, James. What Video Games Have to Teach us about Learning and Literacy. New York: Palgrave, 2003.

Selsberg, Andy. “Teaching to the Text Message.” New York Times. 19 March 2011.  
Tougaw, J. (2009). “Dream Bloggers Invent the University.” Computers and Composition 26, 251-268.

Boone Gorges, “I develop free software because of CUNY and Blackboard”

Mark Sample, “Pedagogy and the Class Blog”

CCCC Position Statement on Teaching, Learning, and Assessing Writing in Digital Environments

November 21: Policy and Us
Addison, Joanne and Sharon James McGee. “Writing in High School/Writing in College.” College Composition and Communication 62.1 (2010): 147-79.

Council of Writing Program Administrators, National Council of Teachers of English, and National Writing Project. “Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing.” Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2011.

– – -. “Outcomes Statement for First-Year Composition.” 2008.

National Governors Association, “Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts” ( (focus on pp. 41-47)

QC Goals for Student Writing (


November 28: topics and readings TBA
Drafts of response papers are due

December 5: Situating Ourselves in English departments
Crowley, Sharon. “Invention of Freshman English.” Composition in the University: Historical and Polemical Essays. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998.

Hesse, Doug. “The Place of Creative Writing in Composition Studies.” CCC. 62:1(2010), 31-52.

What is English 130? (

What is English 170? (

Carr, Jean Ferguson. “Composition, English, and the University.” PMLA. 129.3 (2014): 435-441. (revisit)

December 12: Situating Ourselves in the Institution of Higher Education
“CCCC Statement on Working Conditions for Non-Tenure-Track Writing Faculty.” (

Horning, Alice. “Contingent Labor and the Impact on Teaching.” Literacy in Composition Studies. 4.1 (2016): 73-76.

Marshall, Eric. “Teaching Writing in a Managed Environment” from Bousquet, Marc, Tony Scott, and Leo Parascondola, eds. Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers: Writing Instruction in the Managed University. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2003.

Elizabeth Wardle, “’Mutt Genres’ and the Goal of FYC: Can We Help Students Write with the Genres of        the University?” College Composition and Communication 60.4 (June, 2009): 765-789.

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