Week 1: Introduction (January 23)

  • Lee Shulman, “Taking Learning Seriously,” Change 31.4 (1999): 10-17 (e-journal)
  • Lee Shulman, “Signature Pedagogies in the Professions,” Daedalus 134.3 (Summer 2005): 52-59 (e-journal)
  • In class: A Private Universe

Week 2: Difficulty and Expertise (January 30)

  • John Bransford, Ann Brown, and Rodney Cocking, eds. How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School, chapter 2 (Blackboard)
  • Salvatori and Donahue, The Elements (and Pleasures) of Difficulty, chapter 1 (Blackboard)
  • John Bean, Engaging Ideas, chapter 8 (Blackboard)
  • Rob Pope, Textual Intervention: Critical and Creative Strategies for Literary Studies, chapter 1 (Blackboard)
  • Raymond Carver, “Cathedral” (Blackboard)

Week 3: Critical Reading (February 6)

  • Peter Rabinowitz, Before Reading: Narrative Conventions and the Politics of Interpretation, chapter 1 (Blackboard)
  • Stanley Fish, “How to Recognize a Poem When You See One” from Falling into Theory (Blackboard)
  • Sherry Linkon, “The Reader’s Apprentice: Making Critical Cultural Reading Visible.” Pedagogy 5.2 (2005): 247-273. (e-journal)
  • Sherry Linkon, “Developing Critical Reading” and “Defining Critical Reading Practices” from the Visible Knowledge Project (Blackboard)
  • Elaine Showalter, Teaching Literature, chapter 4 (Blackboard)
  • Allan Collins, John Seely Brown, and Ann Holum. “Cognitive Apprenticeship: Making Thinking Visible.” American Educator 15.3 (1991): 6–11. (Blackboard)
  • In Class: Think Aloud Poetry Interpretation

Week 4: Text and Power (February 13)

  • Robert Scholes, Textual Power, chapter 2 (Blackboard)
  • Lisa Samuels and Jerome McGann, “Deformance and Interpretation,” New Literary History 30.1 (1999): 25-56 (e-journal)
  • Due: Think Aloud Analysis

Week 5: Workshopping Literature (February 20)

  • Sheridan Blau, The Literature Workshop, chapters 1-5
  • Arlene Wilner, “Confronting Resistance: Sonny’s Blues—and Mine” from Pedagogy 2.2 (2002): 173-196. (e-journal)
  • James Baldwin, “Sonny’s Blues” (Blackboard)
  • In-class: audio recordings (and more) of “My Papa’s Waltz”

Week 6: Politics of Interpretation (February 27)

  • Sheridan Blau, The Literature Workshop, chapters 6-10
  • Selected Poems

Week 7: Reconsidering the Literary (March 6)

  • James Paul Gee, What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy
  • Selected Games

Week 8: Spring Break (March 13)

Week 9: Writing and Reading (March 20)

  • Peter Elbow, “The War between Reading and Writing: And How to End It,” Rhetoric Review 12.1 (1993): 5-24 (e-journal)
  • Cheryl Glenn, “The Reading-Writing Connection: What’s Process Got to Do with It?,” from When Writing Teachers Teach Literature, pp. 99-118. (Blackboard)
  • Brenda M. Greene, “Reinventing the Literary Text: Student Writers at Work,” from When Writing Teachers Teach Literature, pp. 177-190. (Blackboard)
  • Peter Elbow, “Breathing Life into the Text,” from When Writing Teachers Teach Literature, pp. 193-205. (Blackboard)
  • Carl R. Lovitt, “Using Journals to Redefine Public and Private Domains in the Literature Classroom,” from When Writing Teachers Teach Literature, pp. 230-244. (Blackboard)
  • William E. Coles, “Less as More: The Ten-Minute Writing Assignment as Enabling Constraint,” from When Writing Teachers Teach Literature, pp. 301-310. (Blackboard)
  • Kate Chopin, “The Story of an Hour” (Blackboard)
  • Due: Literary Analysis and Reflection

Week 10: Case Study (March 27)

  • Kyle Baker, Nat Turner
  • Scott McCloud, excerpts from Understanding Comics (Blackboard)
  • Perry Nodelman, The Pleasures of Children’s Literature, chapter 10 (Blackboard)
  • Eric Rabkin, “Reading Time in Graphic Narrative” from Teaching the Graphic Novel (Blackboard)
  • Jesse Cohn, “Mise-en-Page: A Vocabulary for Page Layouts” from Teaching the Graphic Novel (Blackboard)

Week 11: Case Study (April 3)

  • Kyle Baker, Nat Turner
  • Greenberg, Kenneth, “Nat Turner: The Man and the Rebellion” from The Confessions of Nat Turner: Text and Context (Blackboard)
  • Gray, Thomas R. The Confessions of Nat Turner. DigitalCommons@University of Nebraska – Lincoln. <>
  • Gray, Thomas R. The Confessions of Nat Turner, the Leader of the Late Insurrection in Southampton, VA. Baltimore, 1831. Documenting the American South. <>.
  • A Guide to a Speech and Photographs Relating to Nat Turner’s Insurrection. Special Collections. University of Virginia, 2007. (online)

Week 12: Teaching for Understanding (April 10)

Weeks 13-15: Teaching Presentations (April 17, April 24, May 1)