Welcome to the Program Blog

Hi there, and welcome to the Writing Program Blog! Here, you’ll find updates on Writing Program events, professional development tools, classroom resources, information on how to use technology for teaching, and more. In the right sidebar (below recent tweets and posts) you’ll find some blog keywords that may be helpful in navigating the blog. And below that you can enter your email address to get a quick update every time we post something new.

Please let us know if there is anything you would like to see on the blog, and happy reading!

Writing Program Mini-Grants

The Writing Program will award five mini-grants up to $100 each to pay for materials needed for a Writing Program course class project. Students in the class should write and submit a proposal using the mini-grant application form. Successful applicants will be asked to contribute their project and relevant documents to the Illinois State University Writing Research Archives. Applicants should also consider contributing an article based on their project to the Grassroots Writing Research Journal.

Program Assessment: 2013-2014

Fall 2013 – ENG 145 Assessment

Spring 2014 – ENG 101 Assessment

As we come closer to the Spring Assessment, updated instructions will be provided.  But please see the ENG 145 Instructions above for a general idea of the overall assessment process.

For Tech Support

In case you are unable to access a resource due to technology, please Contact Ryan Edel.

 

Program Philosophy

The Illinois State University Writing Program is a progressive organization that works to directly address long-enduring attitudes about writing. With the knowledge that these attitudes are often based on misinformed perceptions of how writing knowledge is actually learned and applied, we hope to constantly question and re-think our goals as students and teachers to create an enduring infrastructure in which the investigation of and research into writing practices is the center of our teaching and learning. Many areas of theory and research—including rhetorical genre studies, systemic functional linguistics, English for Specific Purposes, activity theory, cultural-historical activity theory, actor network theory, theories of community and identity, and writing and cognition—impact our work.

These sections of our Writing Program Instructor’s Guide offer a short overview of the philosophies and concepts that actively shape our pedagogy.

Introduction and Overview:  This document is a basic overview of the courses we teach and our approach to teaching.

Program Philosophies and Concepts: This slightly longer document outlines the important theories, terms and concepts that shape our pedagogy.  It also includes bibliography for further reading.

 

Within the Writing Program, we strive to meet the following core goals:

  • students learn to produce writing that represents the kind of reflective and critical inquiry necessary to serve responsibly
    in civic arenas and to succeed in academic and professional contexts;
  • instructors from different areas of English Studies and academic levels prepare to teach writing, continue their education and experience professional growth;
  • members from the local community and the state gain a better understanding of the complex processes and products referred to simply as “writing”;
  • research and creativity thrive;
  • technology is integral, with the Program being the first nationwide to offer all writing classes in computer classrooms;
  • people are friendly and supportive.

White Papers on CHAT and Genre

This page offers links to a variety of documents design to assist instructors in developing a genre studies and cultural-historical activity theory pedagogy for writing instruction.  Some of these documents are designed primarily for instructors to use as they work to better understand and incorporate terms and concepts we use in the program. Others are at least partially designed for students (as handouts) to help them understand or practice important concepts.

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Classroom Technologies

How much technology is the “right” amount?  How do we reconcile our traditional teaching practices with a digital world?  Here’s a list of common technologies available for the writing classroom and some links to help use them more effectively.

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