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Prof Pat Swenson

Campus Email: pat.swenson@csun.edu

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Course Assignments

Three Major Essays

First drafts need to be posted in your Moodle small group forum for peer feedback (see Peer Workshop Guidelines). Second and third drafts need to be posted via our Turnitin links on our Moodle page.

Essays About Writing

Response to the Peer Workshop questions need to be posted in your small group Moodle workshop forum for all three workshops.

Required Materials


by Rene J. Cappon

by Beth Neman

by Mike Rose

by Erin Gruwell (extra credit)

Course Policies

Late Work

Please post your online and journal responses by the due dates in our schedule. Please note that late posts will be marked down one full grade per class session. You will not receive credit for assignments posted more than 3 class sessions late. No late workshop posts will be accepted.


Your final grade is based on the quality and completeness of all written assignments, your effort to improve your writing, forum/class participation and workshops.

1. Three Major Essays
Workshops & Drafts: 60%

2. Journal: 10%

3. Panel Presentation: 10%

4. Final Presentation: 10%

5. Class Participation: 10%

6. Field Experience Journal: C/NC

Academic Dishonesty

According to the CSUN catalogue, plagiarism is the act of “intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, or works of another as one’s own in any academic exercise,” and will result in a failing grade for the assignment. In addition, it may result in a failing grade for the course and disciplinary action on the part of the university. Internet software is available to assist CSUN faculty to scan student writing. ALL student assignments will be scanned for plagiarism.

Please adhere to the CSUN Student Conduct Code for all course activities, including email, forum and chat discussions, and written and oral analyses.

Course Description & Requirements


English 406 - Advanced Expository Writing for Teachers - Summer 2013

TuTh 4:30PM - 7:40PM - JR 352

Moodle, Turnitin

Download the PDF Version of Syllabus/Schedule

Course Prerequisites:

Completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. Required of candidates working for the Single Subject Credential in English; an option for candidates in Liberal Studies working for the Multiple Subjects Credential.

Course Description & Objectives

Welcome to English 406, an advanced course in written composition and recent composition theory that extends the student's writing skills, explores the kind of writing required of California public school students and establishes criteria for the evaluation of writing at all levels.

This course has two complementary purposes: first, it is designed to refine and enhance the composition and grammatical skills of potential teachers through a variety of assignments that explore critical strategies common to academic writing. Our theme, "Coping with Teaching in the 21st Century," will explore the social and cultural conditions confronting teachers as well as possible remedies. Second,the course will help potential educators learn how to teach their students the writing process. We will concentrate on how to evaluate student writing, and on how to teach grammar and usage.

Course Requirements

Students will be required to produce three essays which can be revised. These three essays will comprise the final portfolio, which will include earlier drafts and peer editing posted online. The revised essays, earlier drafts, and peer communications make up 60% of the grade. Because we will be stressing writing process, students are required to participate in all three online peer editing workshops. Class participation in general is a requirement. In addition to formal writing assignments, students will write in their journals (in-class and online). Journals will include responses to class readings and teaching issues, but will also include specific writing exercises. Group Work: Students will participate in two group presentations. The first will be a panel presentation concerned with pedagogical issues directly taken from Neman's text; the panel will present and demonstrate these issues to the class. A final group project will incorporate the writing principles and issues that we have experienced in our class in a multi-faceted presentation.

Technical Requirements

In conformance with the English Subject Matter standards, all English 406 students must show proficiency in Moodle and PowerPoint, and include the use of this technology in group workshops and the final group presentation.

Required Field Experience for Prospective Teachers

Students who are Subject Matter Option majors who have begun the program Fall 2005 and later must complete ten (10) hours of field experience in a secondary classroom and complete a journal. The journal will allow you to reflect on the ways the secondary school classroom differs from the university one in the teaching of writing and language arts. The journal is due at the end of the semester. It is graded Credit/No Credit. Failure of students to fulfill this requirement will jeopardize their ability to complete the waiver program.


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