English 225: Writing on A Theme: Issues in Education
Instructor: Ann Rasmussen
Spring 2012

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Your Course Syllabus 2012

Text:A Writer's Reference by
Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers

The Elements of Teaching
by J
ames M. Banner, Jr. and Harold C. Cannon

Readings for 225: These are PDF files that you will pring and bring to class for discussion.

Feb. 7: Frank McCourt Excerpts from Teacher Man (PDF)

A Reason To Teach: Chapter 4 (PDF)
Feb. 14: Mark Edmundson"On the Uses of a Liberal Educaton" (link)
Feb. 21 Jean M. Twenge and W. Kenneth Campbell The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (PDF)

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4

Mar. 1: Preparing Teachers for a Changing World Chapter 7 from Peparing Teachers for a Changing World (PDF)
Mar. 27: Paulo Freire: "Teahers as Cultural Woprkers: Letters to Those Who Dare to Teache Fourth Letter: On the Indispensible Qualities of Progressive Teachers for their Better Performane. (PDF)
Notes from Kraver
Notes from Kraver
Links to Teacher Education Organizations
More Teacher Organizations

Helpful Hints for Writing Your Essay

When to Use Quotations and a list of words to introduce borrowed material

Using the World Wide Web for Academic

Class Power Point Lectures (files will download to your hard drive)

How to do a Close Reading of Scholarly Works


Writing the Group Summary:

The Assignment: Summary Paper

Article Summary Template

Summary Scoring Rubric

Group Powerpoint Pressentation

Group Presentation Rubric

This I Believe Statement

Interview for Problem Solving Essay

Proposal and Outline for Problem Solving Essay

Annotated Bibliography for Problem Solving Essay

_Problem Solving Essay


Dates for Group Class Presentations: for privacy, this is a Word document that will download to your hard drive.

Group 1: Learning Jan. 31
Group 2: Oder Feb. 7
Group 3: Imagination Feb. 14
Group 4: Patience Mar. 1
Group 5: Character Mar. 8

Response/Narrative Essay due Feb. 9

This I Believe Statement

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Weekly Assignments

Finals Week: Final May 2: @ 10:45

Office hours:

Tuesday May 1:

Office: 11:00-1:00

Wednesday May 2

Office: 1:30-2:30

Friday May 4

Office: : 1:30-2:30

Week 14: April 17-19: TIB due Tuesday. Read them to the class. Presentations begin Thursday. Visit this link to the grading criteria for the power point presentation.

Problem Sovling Power Point Presentation

Week 13: April 10-12: Peer Review of problem solving essay rough draft. Upload draft to Safe Assignment by 11:55 PM April 10 for 15 points. Print Peer Review Sheet. Email drafts to partners as attached files before Tuesday's first peer review session. Partners should read and complete the peer review sheet prior to Tuesday's peer review session.

Problem Solving/Thesis Power Point

Problem Solving Essay

Problem Sovling Power Point Presentation

Due Dates:

April 5: TIB Rough Draft; revised outline
April 10: Essay Rough Draft and Interview; Peer Review
April 12: Peer Review
April 17: TIB Final Due
April 19: Presentations
April 24: Presentations
April 26 Presentations Final Draft of Research Essay Due
May 2: Presentations 10:45-1:15 Attendance required. -10 points for absence

Special thanks and appreciation for students' patience.





Week 12: April 3-5: This I believe Statements. Read in class for feedback.

Week 11: March 27-29

Week 10: March 20-22: Thursday: Group Project. Use class period to write the paragraph. Email paragraph to me. We will view the paragraphs next week to review MLA documentation and citation.

Week 9: March 6-8: Tuesday: Outline and Proposal for research paper. Thursday Group 5 and the "Afterward: Elements of Teaching.

Problem Solving Outlines

Problem Solving Writing Log

Proposal and Outline for Problem Solving Essay

Interview for Problem Solving Essay Due with rough draft


Week 7: Feb. 21: Down Load and Read Feb. 21: Mark Edmundson"On the Uses of a Liberal Educaton" (14 pages printed). Quiz, discussion. Thursday Group 4.


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Week 6: Feb. 14-16: Tuesday: Discuss proper MLA documentation--bring Hacker Handbook; For Peer Review on Response /Narrative essay now due Feb. 16, bring a completed draft. Students will work with pardoner. Thursday Group 3. Discuss future assignments.

Week 5: Feb. 7, 9: Tuesday read Feb. 7: Frank McCourt Excerpts from Teacher Man for discussion and quiz. Bring a working outline of your Response/Narrative Essay due Feb. 14. Hopefully we will have time for groups to discuss their outlines. I would also like a couple emailed to me for class discussion. Thursday: Group 2.

Week 4: Jan. 31-Feb. 2: For Tuesday read the introduction to Elements of Teaching read "Ethics" chapter for class discussion. Discuss writing assignment: Response/Narrative Essay due Feb. 14. For Thursday Group ` Presentation from Elements of Teaching "Learning." Read "Levels of Response"

Guidelines for Group Presentation

Week 3: Jan. 24-26 Tuesday Meet in Michener Library Room 335. Group Summary Essay Due. Be sure to upload to Safe Assignment on Black Board by noon Tuesday.

Week Two: Jan. 17-19

Tuesday: Learning to Summarize and Paraphrase
Paraphrase Exercise

Discuss: PEDAGOGY OF THE OPPRESSED Chapter 2: "The Banking Model of Education" by Paulo Freire.

Thursday: View these documents for the Group Summary Essay: Print; bring to class for the Group Workshop.


Week 1: Jan.10-12: Thursday: Read Dewy. Quiz and discussion. Print copy to bring to class. Class discussion: How to do a close reading. Create presentation groups.

Defining the Role of Education in the United States and What is the Role of Education in a Democracy?
Reading Quiz and Discuss: "Education as a Necessity of Life" from Democracy and Education (1916) by John Dewey (Available as an e-text at: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/DewDemo.html