English 488/588 Literature and Pedagogy
A course for students who want to be English teachers, at all levels. A course in “the theory of practice.” We’ll read four interesting and challenging books and then write about them in a freewriting journal and talk about them—react to them, question them, think about them—in class. The work is the freewriting journal, leading to a midterm and final essay, along with in-class group presentations.
Texts: Nancie Atwell, Reading Zones; Billie Collins, Poetry 180; Mark Edmundson, Why Read?; and Parker Palmer, The Courage to Teach