Courses

On this page you will find links to my course websites and course syllabi as well as  key assignments for courses I am teaching or have taught

Writing 20: Academic Literacy and the Rhetoric of Remediation

This course is part of a sequence of first-year writing courses for ELWR unsatisfied students at UCSC.  The theme of this particular course is academic literacy and remediation. In this course we examine what it means to enter the University of California as an underprepared student. The readings in this class are designed to demystify academic culture and help students better understand what they need to do to succeed in academia.

Winter 2015: Syllabus / ESSAY1 / Rereading Cox / Essay 2 / Essay 3

English 1A: English Composition

English 1A is the first course in a transfer level sequence (English 001A, 001B) designed to equip students with the skills necessary for writing college level compositions. The theme of this English 1A course is literacy and in particular academic literacy. What does it mean to be a literate (college educated) individual in our society? What does it mean in your community? What does it mean in your family? More broadly, why does literacy matter? What is critical literacy or, as Freire calls it, authentic thinking, and how will it help you succeed?

Spring 2015: Syllabus / Essay 2- The ‘Englishes’ You Speak

Fall 2014: SyllabusESSAY 2 Academic Literacies/ Research Essay

English 1B: Latina/o Autobiographical Writing

This English composition class focus on Latina/o autobiographical literature. Students read a variety of texts that together introduce them to Latina/o autobiographical writing, the genre of autobiography, and literary analysis.   Along with the literary texts students read a selection of Latina/o literary criticism and  Janet Gardner’s Writing About Literature. The course reading is designed to help students develop the critical reading, writing, and analytical thinking skills that extend through college writing and beyond.

Spring 2015: Syllabus / Essay 1 /

English 1B: The Art of the Essay

This course is the second in a sequence of community college English transfer courses.  As an essayist, this class, in which the reading I selected was comprised of my favorite essays, was a real joy to teach.

Spring 2014: Syllabus / Essay 1 / Essay 2

Writing 20: Education and Identity

Writing 20 is a course in the UCSC first-year writing curriculum.  The course I designed encouraged students to expand their critical thinking about their identity/ies and American education through reading, reflection, discussion, and writing, and become self-conscious (in the best sense of the word) as students at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Winter 2014:  Syllabus / Essay 2 / Essay 2 Revision of Draft 1 / Reflection Letter for Essay 2

Cultural Identities and Global Consciousness: America and the World

This course is part of the UCSC Merrill College First-Year writing curriculum.  The course syllabus here was adapted from a master syllabus provided by Merrill College Provost, Elizabeth Abrams and individual essay assignments borrowed from assignments and advice provided by Ellen Newberry and other colleagues.

Fall 2013: Syllabus / Merrill Narrative Assignment / Revision of Merrill Narrative / Essay 2 Dreaming in Cuban / Essay 3 Spirit.Difficulty.Essay

English 104: Fundamentals of Composition

This course is an introduction to academic discourse and to writing short essays. The course develops competence in analytic reading and expository writing. The emphasis is  on paragraph and essay structure through the use of pre-writing, revision, editing, and peer review strategies.

Fall 2013: Syllabus / ESSAY 3 Why We Quit / ESSAY 4 Recommendation Essay

Critical Thinking and Writing

A first-year-composition two quarter sequence at Santa Clara University themed “Education and Identity”

Fall 2010: Syllabus / CRL3.Difficulty.EssayESSAY1/Portfolio.Reflection.Letter

Winter 2011: Syllabus / ESSAY1  /Research Proposal Assignment / ESSAY2.Synthesis

Rhetoric and Language 108: Introduction to Composition

This was an introduction to composition course for English Language Lerner students at the University of San Francisco.  It is the first English composition course for students transitioning out of ESL

Fall 2011:  Course Syllabus /  Our Approach to GrammarIntegrating.Sources.Activity  / Reflective Letter

English 114: Practicing Transgressions: The Autobiographical Writing of Women of Color

This was a course I designed in English 705 Pedagogy in Composition. 

Proposed Course: Syllabus / Writer’s Autobiography / Towards Your Own Rhetoric

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