Week 5: September 23,2020

Topic: disciplinarity

Read for class: 

  • Adler-Kassner, L., & Wardle, E. (Eds.). (2015). Naming what we know: Threshold concepts of writing studies. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press. (Ebook through the library: )
    • Preface (read)
    • Intro (read)
    • -Concept 3 (skim only)
  • Adler-Kassner, L., & Wardle, E. (Eds.). (2020). (Re)Considering What We Know: Learning Thresholds in Writing, Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy: Utah State University Press/University Press of Colorado. (Ebook through the library)
    • Ch. 5 (read)
    • Ch. 11 (skim)
    • Ch. 15 (skim)

Do for class: 

If last week we were looking at how knowledge is made, then this week can think of how a discipline is made (from a particular view).  After you read through these pieces, you need to venture out into the your area, who you are or think you are as a teacher ana scholar. Find a piece of scholarship within the last few years that speaks to your area’s disciplinarity or status.

–Write a summary of the reading AND THEN make a critical analysis move to how your found piece speaks to, speaks with, speaks against the readings for this week. Pay particular attention the viewpoint of all the readings and what that says about “composition theory.” This summary and analysis should be no longer than a single page of text single spaced. 2/3 of however much you write should be analysis.

Post your work here:


In class:

  • discussion of readings
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