Ann Johns – Visiting Speaker 2012-2013

Genre, Activity Theory, and the Common Core Standards

In this presentation, Dr. Johns discussed the implementation of the Common Core Standards (CCS) across different states nationally, and the impact of these standards on the ways that reading and writing are taught and assessed. She also addressed some of the implications of CCS for university-level writing and reading instruction. Her discussion was of particular interest to pre-service or in-service K-12 instructors, but was also useful for Writing Program instructors who work with incoming first-year students, because we wanted to address and create bridges for students‘ knowledge and learning experiences in First Year Writing and a better understanding of the implications of CCS is important for this work. January 30, 2013


Ann Johns, Faculty Emerita, Department of Rhetoric & Writing Studies, San Diego State University

Dr. Johns has been teaching since her early 20s, beginning with a middle school in Chicago and then a high school in Kenya. Soon after she moved to San Diego, she began teaching in community colleges and as a part-time instructor at San Diego State. When she completed her Ph.D. (1979), she was offered a tenure-track position at SDSU in two departments: Academic Skills (now Rhetoric and Writing Studies) and Linguistics and Oriental Languages. She is the recipient of two Senior Fulbright grants, at the University of Limpopo in South Africa (2007) and the Antonine University in Beirut (2009). Though officially retired, Dr. Johns continues to teach, work on curriculum projects in the U.S. and abroad, and write articles and book chapters about English for Special Purposes, genre, and teaching composition.