Writing Workshop

Course Details

Course Number: READ 6313  Section Number: 270

Spring 2011

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 175

Days & Times:

Wednesday 5:30 - 8:20 p.m.

Course Attachments

Syllabus  READ6313writingworkshop.doc


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Robert Redmon   
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Course Objectives
  1. Students learn the essential elements of the writing workshop.
  2. Students participate actively in a classroom based writing workshop.
  3. Students understand the relationship between writing and thinking.
  4. Students demonstrate understanding of the essential elements of writing workshop by developing and documenting a classroom based writing workshop in their classrooms.
  5. Students facilitate and encourage the writing of others and share the results of their efforts with colleagues in formal and informal contexts.

Course Expectations


  1. You will receive 5 points each week for active class participation if you (a) are present, take part in the chapter discussion, do the assigned writing, share your writing, and respond to the writing of others.
  2. The book report is oral. It should be 5-10 minutes in length. Choose a book about writing or writers (not grammar or teaching writing). Bring your book to class with you on the day reports are due.
  3. The Project Portfolio consists of 8 writing projects primarily completed during the writing portion of class. Each project must relate in some way to writing, writers, teaching, learning, or learners and must include at least one of each of the following:
    1. Personal Narrative
    2. Fictional Narrative
    3. Descriptive Essay
    4. Persuasive Essay
    5. Poem
    6. Book or Movie Review (unrelated to class)

You will present your portfolio to the class and then read your best project aloud in its entirety.  Projects do not have a length requirement. They will vary. Some you may finish in a day, and others may take several days. The Implementation Plan is a brief explanation of how Writing Workshop will be integrated into your classroom.

Grading Standards

Content and methodological standards for this course are held by West College of Education (WCoE), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the International Reading Association (IRA), and the Midwestern State University Graduate Catalog.  Course outcomes are aligned with the WCoE Conceptual Framework and the following NBPTS Propositions:

WCoE Master’s degree candidates

  • are committed to students and their learning;
  • know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students;
  • are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning;
  • think systematically about their practice and learn from experience;
  • and are members of learning communities.
  1. Weekly Participation                                                80 points (total)
  2. Book Report                                                                10 points
  3. Portfolio/Implementation Presentation               10 points

Grade Scale: 90 – 100 = A, 80 – 89 = B, 70 – 79 = C, 60 – 69 = D, below 50 = F

Submission Format Policy

All work must be submitted on time on the dates indicated in the class calendar. The Book Report and Portfolio Documents are submitted electronically and in paper form.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Late work is not accepted.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to attend every class. No class participation credit may be earned when students are absent.

Other Policies
  1. In class writing may be done using any convenient media: pen(cil) and paper, laptop, iphone, etc. When you share your writing, you must read the text verbatim, not just tell what you wrote.
  2. The book report and portfolio must be submitted electronically as MS Word® files. No credit will be awarded for papers not submitted in this manner.
  3. Written assignments must be carefully proof read and edited.
  4. As the faculty of the West College of Education, we are dedicated to helping meet the needs of our students with disabilities and are eager to provide the accommodations to which such students are entitled.  If you have a documented disability and are registered with the Office of Disability, please let your instructor know to expect a letter from that office describing the accommodations to which you are entitled.  If you have a documented disability but are not registered with the Office of Disability, please contact that office immediately to register.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.