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Syllabus Eng. 495 Fall 2019 Multi Genre Literacy in a Global Context

Instructor Information

Instructional Materials


Textbook-Bring to each class session as indicated in weekly schedule!

100 Best-Loved Poems
rent a textbook info
Philip Smith editor
Dover Pub Inc



Poetry Handbook 4th edition
Babette Deutsch
HarperCollins Publishers



The Teachers & Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms
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Ron Padgett editor
Teachers & Writers Collaborative



They Say I Say, 4th edition
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W.W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393631678

4 Short Stories
Each is downloadable in Canvas no need to purchase


Myth & Knowing
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Scott Leonard & Michael McClure



Mustang: the film
Deniz Gamze Ergüven
No need to purchase: DVD is On Reserve in Oviatt Library 2nd floor at Music & Media Reserves


Additional Materials

Never throw anything away that you do for this class. Save everything!!

  1. STAPLER!! I do NOT accept unstapled work if handed in during class time.
  2. CSUN Data Network Account. which gives you access to email, library resources, and enables you to post on our web page onto the CSUN server.
  3. Electronic devices recommended not as distractions but for writing, internet research.


Engl. Dept. Grading Scale (only):Grades are not negotiated. They are earned!

Standards of Student Conduct

CSUN Policies & Procedures

My Classroom Policies

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate formal analytic understanding of several genres that inform the K-12 curriculum and will integrate these principles into expository writing, group presentations, and multi-media texts.  To achieve these ends, students will


Course Information Overview

Course Description

The capstone course for English Subject Matter students, focuses on literacy in multiple genres (poetry, myth, short fiction, and media). Its multigenre, multimedia, and transnational compass fulfills State Standards and grounds this fulfillment in cutting edge scholarship in the fields of English studies.



English 495ESM is the capstone course for English subject matter students. Graduating English subject matter students are required to take this course for graduation. Unlike the usual senior seminar, this class does not require a research paper; instead, students will create a final portfolio of their best work produced during the semester.

This unique course focuses on literacy in multiple genres (poetry, myth, world fiction, and media). Its multigenre, multimedia, and transnational compass make it innovative and comprehensive. It both fulfills state standards for credential candidates and grounds this fulfillment in cutting edge scholarship in the fields of English studies. In its broad interpretation of genre and literacy, the course reviews, synthesizes, and builds on your previous work in the English major in critical theory, literature, and expository writing. English 495ESM also provides you with the opportunity to develop analytic and creative skills around specific topics and genres relevant to the teaching of English at the secondary school level and to reflect on your work in the course in the context of your future teaching practices. An understanding that English 495ESM students and their future secondary school students must situate their reading, writing, and thinking in a global context informs the course's commitment to examining texts from around the world.

This innovative course integrates technology at all levels; students will develop short analytic papers for each genre and a creative response. For example, students may write their own myth and then create a myth web site; we'll also study and write poetry. Work will be individual and collaborative.

This course should also be good preparation for the culminating exit interview for students in the English subject matter and credential preparation programs.

By grounding our work in cutting edge scholarship in the fields of English studies, 495 ESM fulfills State Standards for Credential candidates


Essays- All must be submitted via Canvas in a timely manner for credit.

Collaborative Myth Presentation/Lesson: 10%.
Collaborative Media Literacy Presentation: 20%.
Other Assignments: 15%.
Participation: 5%.
Final Portfolio: 50%.

Learning Resource Writing Center click here!

LRC visits are strongly recommended for each major essay this semester.

Extra Credit will be given with proof of attendance for each essay!

The writing center is located in the Oviatt Library 3rd floor east wing and graduate students or instructor are available to assist you with various steps in the writing process such as brainstorming, revising and editing. You may call for an appointment: (818) 677-2033. You can also attend on a walk-in basis.

PRESENTATIONS of 15-20 minutes in length (present 15 min leave time for questions 5 min) --by selected groups of students in charge of presenting an assigned work. See Projects above.


In addition to required essays (see Projects link for details):


Unannounced quizzes on the readings are always a possibility, especially if the readings are not being kept up with by classmembers. Come to class prepared to discuss the assigned readings and you will be prepared for all quizzes. Quizzes missed due to absence cannot be made up. No quiz grades will be dropped.


Written responses to oral presentations.


On-line tasks such as postings on our class forum in Canvas/Blog Posts & responses/paper drafts, peer reviews/any assignments on email are to be completed as assigned.

Our class is fortunate to have our own computer lab, complete with word processing software, printers, and Internet access. Students are asked to take care of the equipment and leave the lab in the same condition it was in at the beginning of class. No food or drinks are allowed in the lab. Students are also asked to refrain from using the computers during lecture or discussion.

CLASS PARTICIPATION will also be based on:

1. Participation includes fully engaging in collaborative work and contributing actively to in-class discussions and online assignments. Obviously your participation grade will be adversely affected if you miss class meetings, arrive late or leave early, or if you are unprepared for class.

2. You are assessed on how you interact with your peers and me in class discussion, individual presentations, email, posts in Canvas, and group work of any kind.

3. Reading Assignments--You are expected to do all conscientiously and in a timely fashion.The reading assignments are to be done by the day due. "I have not been able to purchase my textbook yet" is NOT an acceptible excuse. You are required to participate in the discussions and you cannot do so if you have not read the assignment. In order to earn full participation credit, students will need to participate every time class meets.

4. Unless otherwise instructed, assignments are due on the date stated on the syllabus during the class period. A computer problem is not an excuse for a late paper; campus labs are open late into the night and Kinko's is open 24 hours. Do your work early in the week so that you're not late to class because you're printing something out. Keep extra copies of hard copies, or duplicate flash drives or CDs, OR better yet, email your papers to yourself.

5. Make sure your name, my name, our course & session number, and the date, per MLA format, with 1 inch margins all around, left justified, is on "everything" you turn in.

6. You are responsible for obtaining assignments when you miss class either from accessing them from our course syllabus page OR asking your classmates for a copy. I am not a delivery service.