Graduate Courses: Summer and Fall 2017 Offerings

PLWP offers institutes for MWSU graduate credit as well as MWSU graduate courses which are taught by National Writing Project Teacher Consultants; these PLWP courses are available to teachers at the reduced tuition rate of $75 per credit plus MWSU fees.   The PLWP Summer and Fall 2017 courses count toward three MWSU graduate degrees. These bargain tuition rates are ONLY available to teachers who pre-register for courses through Prairie Lands Writing Project.

See Directions for Pre-Registering Here.


Summer 2017 Courses:

ENG/EDU 612 Online Seminar in Professional Writing (3 credits) 

Meeting Dates: ONLINE May 30-July 20

Course Description:  A story is bubbling in you; one about your grandparents, your first year of teaching, that summer you spent abroad, summers on the farm.  It's time to let that story out.  Participants in this course will read non-fiction texts, examine primary sources, and use creative non-fiction and memoir tools to help hone their writing.  These activities will allow writers to experiment with reading, analyzing, and writing for not only personal growth but also for teaching our students.  By the end of the course, participants will have written at least one polished piece.  
Instructor: Kelly Lock-McMillen, PLWP Teacher Consultant, Library Media Specialist, Dual Credit English Teacher and National Board Certified Teacher. 
Prerequisite: Must be a National Writing Project Teacher Consultant. 


ENG/EDU 502 Professional Learning Community: Professional Writing Retreat (1 credit)

Meeting Dates: 6:00 PM Friday, June 9, through 1:00 PM Sunday, June 11, at Conception Abbey's New Guest Center in Conception, MO

Course Description: This annual retreat--with first preference given to National Writing Project Teacher Consultants--is limited to 20 participants.  We will meet in the quet, contemplative setting of rural Missouri at the Abbey's New Guest Center to write, share drafts in peer response groups, and participate in sessions on editing and publishing.  
Instructors: Dr. Susan Martens, Prairie Lands Writing Project Director and Assistant Professor of English at Missouri Western State University, will serve as the retreat coordinator.  Dr. Marianne Kunkel, MWSU Assistant PRofessor of English, will serve as Guest Editor. 
Cost: $250 (includes $175 for single room and baord at the Abbey's Guest Center) 

ENG/EDU 501 Topics in Teaching Writing: Inspirations from Primary Sources (1 credit)

Meeting Dates: June 6, 1:00-4:00, and online

Course Description: This one-hour course will meet on campus on Tuesday, June 6, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM and will continue online after.  Participants will be shown not only how to access primary sources but also how to teach their students to analyze them, expanding their understanding of any discipline they teach.  Primary sources allow students to dig deeper into class content, assist with buildingbackground knowledge, and bring their learning to life.  By the end of this course, participants will have created a lesson they can take back to their students and use the first day of class. 
Instructors: Kelly Lock-McMillen, PLWP Teacher Consultant, Library Media Specialist, Dual Credit English Teacher and National Board Certified Teacher. 
Note: Kelly Lock-McMillen spent the summer of 2016 at the Library of Congress Teaching Primary Sources Institute. 

Fall 2017 Courses:

ENG 567 Grammar and Teaching Grammar (3 credits) 

Meeting Dates: 5:00-6:20 PM on Mondays & Wednesdays, August 28-December 15 in Murphy 105

Course Description:  Teaching English Grammar is a seminar-based course designed for teachers and future teachers of English.  In class we will examine the nature of grammar itself by looking at the structure of English from a descriptive perspective.  Because the descriptive approach to grammar is based on actual usage by speakers of English, it is more challenging to learn AND more useful in the classroom than the prescriptive approach.  ENG 567 will enable teachers to better understand and appreciate the grammatical structure of their students' language.  Through readings, discussions, and pedagogical exercises, teachers will gain the skills needed to help their students transfer that understanding of their own form of English to Standard English Grammar, a necessary skill for student success.  
Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Canon, Assistant Professor fo English at MWSU 
Note: This class is offered every other fall. 


ENG 503 Literature for Children (3 credits)

Meeting Dates: 5:00-7:50 PM on Wednesdays, August 28-December 15 in Eder 210

Course Description: This course is designed to increase participants' appreciation of  children's books through literary evaluation.  Students will read and evaluate picturebooks, junior novels and poetry.  
Instructors: Dr. Mike Cadden, MWSU Professor of English and National Writing Project Teacher Consultant. 
Note: This course is offered fall semesters only. 

ENG/EDU 501 Professional Learning Community: Popular culture and Media Literacy (2 credits)

Meeting Dates: 5:00-6:20 PM on Tuesdays, August 28-December 15

Course Description: How can teachers leverage students' interest in movies, music, fashion, sports, social media, and other aspects of popular culture to teach writing? This course will explore that question, inviting participants to view, read, and discuss popular culture texts and media literacy teaching materials.  Participants will practice composing with and about popular culture texts and genres but will also design and workshop new media liteacy lessons for our classrooms. 
Instructors: Dr. Susan Martens, PLWP Director and Assistant Professor of English at MWSU 
Note: This hybrid class will alternate meeting on campus and online.