Spring 2013
- Special Topics in Literature: Writing for Change

This class offers students an opportunity to combine service with scholarship. We will work with ninth grade students at local Northwestern High School to explore the ways writing can be used as a tool for social change. In collaboration with the high school students, we will host a performance event that opens a dialogue surrounding a pressing social issue.

In addition to tutoring and mentoring, this class requires a good deal of writing. You will write multiple reflections, a literacy narrative, a creative composition, publicity materials, and a multimodal exploration of some aspect of writing in society. You will conduct independent research and will be expected to switch fluidly between academic, creative, professional, and hybrid genres. We will also focus on developing critical self-awareness of our own relationships with literacy, writing, and dialects of power.

In addition to two weekly 50-minute meetings, this class requires commitment to an off-campus service-learning component for about 90 minutes, once a week (Tuesdays from 2:20-4, including transportation time). Transportation will be provided on the UM Shuttle.  There will also be a small fee collected for paperwork involved in volunteering at NHS. The course has no prerequisites, but completion of ENGL101 is strongly recommended. 

English majors interested in taking this class as ENGL388P, the Pre-Professional Writing Skills Internship, can do so by signing up through the English Undergraduate Studies Office. This course is being offered as part of new campus outreach efforts and in conjunction with the Leadership and Community Service Learning unit of Stamp Student Union.


Can be taken as ENGL388P (English Majors only)