• "...writing teaches writers how to write— and how not to write" (Gallagher & Lee, 2008, p. 3).

    • "Sometimes the ideas just come to me. Other times I have to sweat and almost bleed to make ideas come. It's a mysterious process, but I hope I never find out exactly how it works" (J.K. Rowling)


This is the EDU 535 course home page and it is divided into 4 sections. On this wikipage, you will find: 1.) course information; 2.) the topics of the course and links to lessons taught in class and 3.) brief descriptions of the assignments and/or links; 4.) the course syllabus.

Section 1


Section 2

1.) Setting up a Writing Studies Classroom

Class #1 What is an Rhetorical Analysis (Gallagher & Lee, 2008)?

  1. What is a Rhetorical Analysis?
  2. Conduct a Rhetorical Analysis with Dr. Linnea C. Ehri's article "Learning to read words: Theory, findings, and issues"
  3. Conduct a Rhetorical Analysis with an article cited by Ehri

Class #2 Rhetorically Analyze an Article with a Framework

Class #3 Use Rhetorical Analysis in a Writing Lesson

2.) What does the research say about writing in the classroom?

Class #1 Read a national survey about writing in the high school (Kiuhara, Graham, & Hawken, 2009)

Section 3

Assignments to be Graded

1.) 240 Minutes of Writing Because... You have Something to Say! – John Dewey (1956/1900) wrote, “There is all the difference in the world between having something to say and having to say something” (as cited in Gallagher & Lee, 2008, p. 67). For this assignment, you will spend 10 minutes per day writing about something you have to say in a public space, our course wiki.

2.) Embedded Assignments - I will provide you with opportunities to work on your writing while learning about writing. These will be embedded in course assignments.

3.) Persuasive Essay - Write an essay to a fictitious hiring team that persuades them to hire you as a literacy specialist because of what you know about writing.

Section 4

  • Syllabus

  • (you can download the syllabus to print or expand the viewing area by choosing the tools in the lower right hand corner of the box)