Advanced Composition for Prospective Teachers Spring 2009

This course is designed primarily for English Education majors and English majors considering teaching as a career. We will study theories of composition from the Classical period to the present. Students will be required to translate philosophy into pedagogy. You will design lessons, units of study, and a course curriculum that embody and implement your own philosophies of composition. Expect a lot of class participation, a lot of reading, and a lot of writing and revision. There will be four major revisions of a full-length term paper, regular oral presentations, collaborative work with area high school students, and a final project. Texts will include Patrick Sullivan’s What Is College-Level Writing?, Erica Lindemann’s A Rhetoric for Writing Teachers, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, and Jon Krakauer’s Into The Wild.

Jason Courtmanche is the Director of the Connecticut Writing Project and Lecturer in English at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. For twelve years he was an English teacher at RHAM High School in Hebron, Connecticut, where he taught American Literature, Creative Writing, the Contemporary American Novel, Advanced Placement Literature and Composition, and Advanced Placement Language and Composition, as well as remedial courses for Freshmen and Juniors. He received his MA in English from Humboldt State University, where he focused on Composition. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut, where he now teaches American Literature survey courses, Advanced Composition for Prospective Teachers, and two summer graduate seminars as part of the Connecticut Writing Project's Summer Institute. He recently published his first book with the Edwin Mellen Press, titled How Nathaniel Hawthorne's Narratives Are Shaped By Sin: His Use Of Biblical Typology In His Four Major Works. His current research includes a chapter in the forthcoming second volume of What Is College-Level Writing?, with contributions from eight Teacher Consultants of the CWP, edited by Patrick Sullivan, Howard Tinberg, and Sheridan Blau, and published by NCTE. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society.