Graduate Courses: Summer and Fall 2018 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 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 2018 Courses:

 

ENG 612 or EDU 612 Professional Writing Seminar (3 credits) 

Meeting Dates: ONLINE 
May 28 - July 17

 
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 this course, participants will have written at least one polished piece and one alternative narrative product (i.e. movie, song, brochure, etc.).
 
Instructor: Kelly Lock-McMillen, National Writing Project Teacher consultant and National Board Certified Teacher
 
 

 

ENG 503 Children's Literature (3 credits)

Meeting Dates: ONLINE
May 28 - July 17

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

 

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

Meeting Dates: 6:00 PM Friday, June 22, through 1:00 PM Sunday, June 24 at Conception Abbey's Guest Center in Conception, MO

 
Course Description: This annual retreat for National Writing PRoject Teacher Consultants is limited to 20 participants.  We will meet in the quiet, contemplative setting of rural Missouri at Conception Abbey to write, share in peer response groups, and participate in sessions on editing and publishing.  Dr. Marianne Kunkel, MWSU Assistant Professor of English, will serve as Guest Editor.  
 
Note: This course requires an additional fee of $175 for single room and board at the Abbey's Guest Center. 
 
Instructor: Dr. Susan Martens, MWSU Assistant Professor of English, PLWP Director
 
 
 

Fall 2018 Courses:

 

ENG 502 or EDU 502 Professional Learning Community: Place-Based Writing (2 credits)

Meeting Dates: ONLINE
August 27 - December 7

 

Course Description:  How does place shape our writing?  How does our writing shape our place?  How can we use place-based teaching and composing techniques to engage students to think, write, and interact with the world around them in deeper and more meaningful ways?  In this course we will do three kinds of place-based writing: 1) writing in place, including a self-guided writing marathon, 2) writing about place, including responses to readings and creating our own model texts for assignments about places that are significant to us and to our students, and 3) writing for place, including projects designed to advocate for places through celebration, invitation, inquiry, critique, or education.  
 
Instructor: Dr. Susan Martens, MWSU Assistant Professor of English and PLWP Director
 

ENG 503 Literature for Children (3 credits)

Meeting Dates: 5:00 - 7:50 Wednesdays
August 27 - December 7
MWSU, Eder 210

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

ENG 573 History of the English Language (3 credits)

Meeting Dates: 5:00 - 6:20 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays
August 27 - December 7
MWSU, Murphy Hall 110

 
Course Description:  From the development of the Indo-European language family to English as a world language, this course explores the influence of historical and cultural developments, internal changes, and language attitudes on the English language.  Students will come to understand how languages begin and why they change, how language is a product of its socio-cultural history, and why there are dialctal differences in the English heard around the world.  They will complete a research project related to language learning and teaching writing.  Graduate students will have the opportunity to work with Wikipedia to edit course-related pages.  This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to be published! 
 
Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Canon, MQSU Assistant Professor of English