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CCR 632: Composition On and Off the Page Fall 2015, Mondays 5:15 -8:05 p.m., HOL
CCR 632: Composition On and Off the Page
Fall 2015, Mondays 5:15 -8:05 p.m., HOL 201
Patrick W. Berry, pwberry@syr.edu, office: HBC 235
office phone: 315 -443 -1912
office hours: Thursdays, 9:30 -11:3 0 a.m. and by appointment

Teaching Exploration

The Teaching Exploration will give you a chance to craft your own writing assignment or even a sequence of assignments on a select topic that could be used in WRT 105. There are four steps:


Identify two article-length pieces from the field (not covered in class) that speak to your topic. I will provide you with a few options, but you are welcome to propose your own articles. You might look at articles in College Composition and Communication, College English, Pedagogy, or Computers and Composition. You should identify articles that you find particularly useful to your pedagogy. The purpose of this part of the assignment is to help you engage more deeply with a key area in the field.


Based on your topic, develop an assignment or sequence of assignments connected to the selected readings. Be sure that your assignment has a clear aim and addresses issues of audience and genre. Innovative assignments are welcome and encouraged. Your assignment should be 1-2 pages and should include some statement on how you will assess and/or respond to it.


Write a 1,200-word reflection that analyzes the assignment and its connection to the readings. Consider how the assignment connects with the course outcomes.


In a 20-minute presentation, you will first share key ideas from the readings that have influenced your thinking (approximately 5-7 minutes). The bulk of the presentation should guide the class through the assignment. When appropriate, you may incorporate an activity that will help the class experience the assignment. You are welcome to use PowerPoint or some other presentation software, although this is not required. Following each presentation, we will spend some time discussing the assignment.



1. Sign up for one of the topics listed below before September 20. http://www.jooners.com/guest?l=7466033a-6280-4f20-be90-76efcb720f45. A maximum of two people can present on a given topic.

Literacy Narratives Teaching for Social Justice

Incorporating Digital Media Critical Reading Skills Multimodal Composing Writing about Writing Teaching Research Skills Teaching Grammar Responding to Student Writing Contemplative Practices

2. Sign up for a time before September 20 using the link below.


A maximum of three people can present on a given day. Available days are:






3. Select your articles by September 27 and post your choices to Blackboard under assignments. You can use the articles that were suggested or propose your own. If you propose your own, please be sure it is situated within rhetoric and composition and provide a rationale for the selection as well as a PDF.

4. Approximately two weeks before you present, please set up a meeting with me to discuss

your assignment. (When possible, Jason will join us.) You should prepare a draft or outline

of your presentation.

5. On the day of your presentation, you will need to submit a copy of your reflection and your assignment via Blackboard. I can help you make copies of your assignment for the class if you provide it to me a day in advance.

This project will ultimately be part of your final portfolio and is worth 20% of your grade. A successful project will demonstrate deep engagement with the readings, an innovative assignment, a well-executed presentation/demonstration. You’ll receive a letter grade for this assignment.