OBJECTIVES FOR ENGL 108 for Education Majors

One section of English 108 (Advanced Composition) is always reserved for English Education majors. This section is designed specifically to improve the writing (and reading) of prospective teachers and to prepare them for English 295 (Approaches to Teaching Composition).

English 108 considers questions such as: What processes are involved in writing? What processes are involved in reading? How do we learn or teach these processes? How can we teach writing in a way that benefits from the interrelationship of reading and writing? To begin addressing these questions, students will:


Students will typically complete three or more writing projects. The projects often practice a range of styles and contexts such as expressive or descriptive writing, reporting, analysis, evaluative writing, or argumentation.


Students typically read and write responses to:


Every English 108 syllabus should include:

Attendance and Participation Policies

Late Work Policy (might include policy about making up missed work)

Special Needs Statement (inviting students to talk to the instructor about special learning needs)

Social Justice Statement


Burke, Jim and Mary Frances Claggett. The English Teacher's Companion: A Complete Guide to Classroom, Curriculum, and the Profession. Boynton/Cook, 1999.

Christenbury, Leila. Making the Journey: Being and Becoming a Teacher of Language Arts. Boynton/Cook-Heinemann, 2000.

Elbow, Peter. Writing with Power. Oxford University Press, 1981.

Gere, Anne Ruggles (et al). Language and Reflection: An Integrated Approach to Teaching English. Prentice Hall, 1991

Hillocks, George. Ways of Thinking, Ways of Teaching. Teachers College Press, 1999.

Milner, Joseph and Lucy Milner. Bridging English. Prentice Hall, 1998.

Moffett, James and Betty Jane Wagner. Student-Centered Language Arts, K-12.

4th ed. Boynton/Cook-Heinemann, 1992.

Murray, Donald. Write to Learn, 6th ed. Harcourt College Publishers, 1998.

Myers, Miles and Elizabeth Spalding, eds. Assessing Student Performance: Grades 9-12. NCTE, 1997

Smagorinsky, Peter. Standards in Practice: Grades 9-12. NCTE, 1996.

Soven, Margot Iris. Teaching Writing in Middle and Secondary Schools: Theory, Research, and Practice. Allyn and Bacon, 1998.

Standards for English Language Arts. NCTE, 1996.

Tchudi, Stephen and Diana Mitchell. Exploring and Teaching the English

Language Arts. 4th ed. Longman, 1999.

Tchudi and Tchudi. The English/Language Arts Handbook: Classroom Strategies for Teachers, 2nd Ed. Boynton/Cook, 1999.

Wilhelm, Jeffrey D. Standards in Practice: Grades 6-8. NCTE, 1996.

Zemelman and Daniels, A Community of Writers : Teaching Writing in the Junior and Senior High School. Greenwood, 1998.

NOTE: The West Virginia Writing Project has a fairly extensive library of texts on writing and the teaching of writing. Please contact Margot Racin, Director of the West Virginia Writing Project and Coordinator for Undergraduate Writing, Department of English, 244 Stansbury for more information.