ENG496A Resources

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Sect. 6, Tues. & Thurs. 9:30am-10:45, Psych. 205
Thomas P. Miller, tpm@u.arizona.edu, 621-6152
Office Hours: On Tuesdays 11-12:30 and Wednesdays 8:30-10
Modern Languages Building 473, and by appointment
Course page: http://www.tmiller.faculty.arizona.edu

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General Teaching Materials

Designing Assignments from the Writing Resource Center at Case Western Reserve University provides a simple overview of the process of developing and sequencing assignments.

Virtual Library of Conceptual Units
for middle and high school English classes is based on George Hillocks' The Dynamics of English Instruction.  This website includes numerous sets of resources, including Writing Instructional Units and pages of links on topics ranging from website design through teaching literature and writing to working with students with disabilities.

Dr. Grimaldi's Web Site includes the most wide ranging materials created by a single teacher that I have found, including a Free Teachers Tools page and an extensive Language Tools for Language Arts page with a wealth of instructional resources.

Teaching Literature & Writing with Technology
provides clearly organized sets of links to some very useful materials

Internet Public Library
includes links to teen zines and blogs, literature and writing resources, and other pages ranging from health to computers.


Twentieth-century Poetry in English includes links and related materials for 157 poets.

Literature Lesson Plans for Middle School and High School Teachers includes links and teaching resources on a wide range of major authors

English Language and Literature Resources from Chico High School is one of the most extensive archives I have found with a wealth of materials by author as well as a wide range of instructional materials on particular literary works, interdisciplinary thematic units, and English as a second language concerns, with particular strengths in mythology, Shakespearean England, and poetry.

Absolute Shakespeare includes links to biographical and historical resources and all the writings of the Bard as well as materials ranging from films to pictures.

The English and American Literature webpage from the University of Kentucky Library includes resources not just on literature but also film, and folklore

Guidelines for Reading and Analyzing Literature by Dr. Tina Hanlon provides a step by step set of questions for walking students through a response to literary works along with study guides

Writing and Rhetoric

The Writing Strategies website from the University of Buffalo includes Writing Strategies Grades 6-12 that provide step by step instructions on the writing process.  Also useful is A Writer's Toolbox that includes Peer Editing Toolkit that provides an accessible overview of the peer writing workshop and an excellent overview of Teaching Writing Strategies.

The writing materials for Grades 7-12 Instructors and Students from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue include pages on the writing process, creative writing, and literary writing as well as more basic concerns such as thesis statements, plagiarism, and paragraphing.

Writer's Web from the University of Richmond provides an accessible set of links on various aspects of the writing, including workshopping, as well as topics ranging from argument to editing.

Teaching Writing resources from the National Writing Project.

Persuasion Analysis by Professor Hugh Rank covers "simple ways to analyze complex persuasion techniques," including materials specifically aimed at middle and high school students.

Illuminating Texts include a range of visual texts that can be used for various purposes: Nazi and American propaganda posters and ads for rhetorical analysis, photography and other resources on literacy, and assignments for teaching persuasion.

Douglas Linder's Famous Trials provides a wealth of materials on trials for figures ranging from Socrates to O.J. Simpson that provide casebooks for studies of argument, media, political rhetoric, and history.

Resources for Writers and Writing Teachers is an extensive collection of related links by Professor Jack Lynch.


High School Ace includes crossword puzzles to help teach vocabulary related to various periods as well as exercises on reading, vocabulary, and sentence errors as well as resources on various literary works.

Grammar Bytes by Robin L. Simmons includes an extensive number of interactive exercises for students as well as handouts and other instructional materials

The Internet page from the E-Server website provides guides to searching the web and other basic resources as well as writings about the web.

Do You Speak American is a PBS series on contemporary American usage that has materials on popular culture and media as well as regional variations and other resources useful in the teaching of language.

Language and Linguistics is a webpage supported by the National Science Foundation that includes basic overviews of such issues of language change and dialectical differences with a wealth of interesting materials such as audio clips of Middle English and regional dialects.

English as a Second Language Lesson Plans and Teaching Ideas is one of the pages on Carla Beard's Web English Teacher, others include resources on teaching writing, a wide range of literature, vocabulary, grammar, and media studies.

State Standards and Related Materials

For the learning outcomes for your unit, you should use the AIMS Standards for the appropriate grade, if you are planning a unit for high school.  The Reading Standards by Grade Level should be considered for high school literature units, and The Writing Standards by Grade Level should be considered for writing lessons.

Also relevant are the

    * AIMS HS Student Guide,
    * Arizona Writing Standard Performance Level Descriptors for Writing for High School, and
    * Arizona Reading Standard Performance Level Descriptors for Reading for High School

Standards for the Assessment of Reading and Writing from National Council of Teachers of English.  NCTE is the leading professional organization for teachers of English, and it has developed a set of policy statements on Assessment and Testing.

Additional Professional Resources

UofA College of Education Student Teacher Guidebook includes the Arizona Professional Teacher Standards and extensive materials on the student-teaching process.

National Council of Teachers of English is an important resource for teachers from elementary to college levels, and it provides a wide range of research-based resources such as this Adolescent Literacy page.

eserver.org provides a survey of more advanced resources on English studies, including sites on cultural theory, cyberculture, rhetoric, feminism, and zines.

Literary Resources on the Net by Jack Lynch is organized by literary periods and is also aimed more at college level studies and research.

The National Writing Project, the largest network of teachers of writing, has a website that include resources on standards, research, teaching writing, and other resources.

Explorations: Introductory Activities for Literature and Composition, Grades 7-12 by P. Smagorinsky and S. Gevinson, and other books on teaching literature and literature can be downloaded from this page (though the files may be too large for dial up access).

Additional Resources on Style and Grammar

Basic Prose Style and Mechanics by Professor Craig Waddell provides a good overview of twelve principles for improving style and basic points on grammar and punctuation.

The Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling page from the Purdue On-Line Writing Lab (OWL) includes links to their materials on these topics along with interactive exercises.  Also useful is the OWL's page on General Writing Concerns.

Most Commonly Occurring Errors from the Dartmouth Writing Program provides a list of twenty errors that they claim account for more than 90% of all errors in writing.  Here is a revision of their list that groups the types of errors together.

"Not All Errors are Created Equal" is an article by Maxine Hairston based on a survey of 100 college graduates about what errors they found most objectionable that was published in College English (43.8 [Dec. 1981]: 794-806).  This article is copyrighted, so the file is password protected for use by students in classes (email me if you have forgotten the password).  Here is is the survey itself with the results of the respondents.

Job Application Materials

Resumes for English Majors is an excellent resource from the University of Washington that includes models and strategies for those seeking jobs with an English major.  See also the page on Writing the Cover Letter.

Careers in English is a webpage from Arizona State University's English Department that provides books on exploring professional opportunities, job sites, and other resources for graduating English majors.

"Taking Stock of Yourself" by Margaret Newhouse from the Chronicle of Higher Education is an accessible and engaging survey of strategies for exploring what you might want to do after school.  Like some of the other resources drawn from the Chronicle, the focus is on graduate students who have decided to look beyond the academy for jobs, but the strategies should be helpful for undergrads as well.

"Working Your Degree: English majors remain low-paid, but many defect into the business world" from the CNN Financial News page  by Shelly K. Schwartz provides a narrow perspective on the bottom line for career options for English majors.

"E-Careers, or the Last Revenge of the Liberal-Arts Graduate" by Robin Wagner provides resources for making the transition to the dot.com sector.

Business Writing Resources
from Purdue's On-Line Writing Lab has materials on resumes, letters of application, and the job search process.

College Grad Job Hunter
provides a job search engine and related materials on resumes and the job search process.

Monster.Com is one of the best known job search sites on the internet that allows you to post your resume and search for jobs internationally.

Becoming Certified and Applying for Teaching Jobs

Study and Teach Abroad at CSU, Chico provides links to various resources related to teaching abroad.

Teachabroad.com is a searchable database for international teaching jobs.

Education America bills itself as the largest network for searching for teaching jobs in America.

A Certification page is included on Education America that has links to certification requirements for all fifty states.

State Departments of Education Websites from Careers.org is a useful resource from a useful website.

TUSD Online Employment Center is the portal for applying for jobs in the largest local school district.

Sunnyside Human Resources page provides a list of all jobs in that school district.

Applying to Graduate School

You can get oriented to the process by reviewing the overviews on these pages:

    Planning to Apply to Grad School from gradschools.com

    UofA Graduate College presentation by Associate Dean Velez on applying to graduate schools

Obtaining a PhD resources on the Re-Envisioning the PhD are also useful in considering the process and prospects of graduate study

Graduate Record Examination
homepage provides you with information on the GRE, which is required by many academic fields for admission to graduate studies

GRE Tutorial from number2.com is free and easily accessible.

MLA Guide to Doctoral Programs in English and Other Modern Languages

Rankings of graduate programs in English (from US News and World Report 2001 rankings)

Locate graduate programs in English by state using this gradschool.com search engine.

English Language and Literature Rankings provides you with an opportunity to search for graduate programs using specific priorities that you select.

English Departments on the Web provides a comprehensive list of English department websites, here and abroad.

Finding Funding for Graduate School

The UofA Graduate College's Other Resources provides a link to IRIS (Illinois Research Information Service), which is a searchable database (perhaps the largest database for funding sources), but you must access it from on campus to get access to the database.

Finding Research Funding PowerPoint presentation by Georgia Ehlers of the UofA Graduate College.

FinAid provides a gateway to Fast Web and other free search engines for finding funding for graduate school.

Exploring Trends in Graduate Studies

From Rumors to Facts: Career Outcomes of English PhDs, Results from the "PhDs Ten Years Later" Study: by Maresi Nerad and Joseph Cerny provides the best data on employment trends in college English studies.

Re-envisioning Project Resources
from the Re-envisioning the PhD Project outlines needed reforms in graduate studies that can give you a sense of what innovations to look for in programs

"The growth of the new PhD Higher education takes a hard look at the PhD and finds much that needs changing" from Monitor on Psychology by Bridget Murray is an accessible report on the trend to expand doctoral studies in varied fields to look beyond the academy itself to the various jobs that PhDs take after graduation.

Assessing Doctoral Education from the Promising Practices webpages of the Re-Envisioning the PhD Project provides some benchmarks on assessing the work of PhD programs in various areas and the sorts of innovations that you may want to look for in considering fields and programs.