Coaching the Craft of Writing
Office hours are Mondays 12:00-1:00 in PCYN 249
Contact: lizlosh (at) ucsd (dot) edu
Are you curious about why writing presents such a unique challenge to UCSD's population of high-achieving students? Work with Elizabeth Losh from Sixth College to gain knowledge about how people learn to write, how to help people learn to write, and effective practices for coaching CAT 1 writers. You will then put that knowledge to work by coaching CAT 1 students in the college's Writing Studio. In the process, your reflections on your own writing and writing-voice will be enriched.
A requirement of the course is that you tutor CAT 1 students up to 6 hours per week, to be scheduled. In addition, you will be reading some classic works in the field of composition studies and some CAT 1 readings to facilitate your tutoring. You will be asked to submit journals on your tutoring activities each week, and complete a final report with recommendations.
This course is open to students in all majors. If you are considering the possibility of becoming a teacher, this CAT course is the place to explore the work of teaching!
10%: Publicity Campaign
40%: Weekly Reflections
30%: Seminar Participation
20%: Final Research Report
Meeting with Last Year's Practicum Students
Reading: Anne Lamott, "Shitty First Drafts"
Weekly Reflection One Due
Literacy Narratives and Media Outreach
Reading: Mike Rose, "I Just Wanna Be Average"
Weekly Reflection Two Due
Talking about Critical Reading
Reading: Elizabeth Losh and Jonathan Alexander, "Strategic Reading" from Understanding Rhetoric
Talking about Thesis Development
Reading: Janet Emig, "Writing as a Mode of Learning"
Weekly Reflection Three Due
Talking about Instructor Feedback
Reading: Summer Smith, "The Genre of the End Comment"
Weekly Reflection Four Due
Second Language Learners
Reading: Guadalupe Valdés
Weekly Reflection Five Due
Talking about Error
Reading: Patrick Hartwell, "Grammar, Grammars, and the Teaching of Grammar"
Weekly Reflection Six Due
Reading: Stephen North, "The Idea of a Writing Center" and "Revisiting 'The Idea of a Writing Center'"
Effecting Systematic Change
Reading: Donald Bartholomae, "Inventing the University"
Draft of Report Due
Effecting Systemic Changes
Final Report Due