Syllabi

Syllabi developed for high school seniors taking English electives at Indian Springs School. These students completed AP Language & Composition as juniors. Each course is one semester. Sample reading lists are included here; click on each course name for a full syllabus and schedule.

I teach using a range of technology and media: SmartBoards, the kids’ cell phones, apps like GroupMe and Merlin, Pinterest, YouTube, Khan Academy, Blackboard and WhippleHill, etc. My goal is to meet students where they are and use their technology to teach them. I delivered a paper on teaching outdoors at the 2016 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference.

Feminist Literature

  • Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
  • Simone deBeauvoir, The Second Sex (selections)
  • bell hooks, Feminism is for Everybody
  • Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women
  • Valerie Solanas, SCUM Manifesto
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony, Declaration of Rights of the Women of the U.S.
  • Mina Loy, Feminist Manifesto
  • Nona Willis Aronotiz and Emma Bee Bernstein, Girldrive
  • Audre Lorde, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
  • “Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference”
  • Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (selections)
  • Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper”
  • Charlotte Mew, “The White Night”
  • Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
  • Christina Rossetti, Goblin Market
  • Anne Sexton (Selected poems)
  • Sylvia Plath (Selected poems)
  • Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
  • Jackie Brown
  • The Hours
  • I Shot Andy Warhol

World Literature

  • Czech Rep.: Kafka, The Metamorphosis & Other Stories (trans. Muir)
  • Scotland: Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • South Africa: Lessing, The Grass is Singing
  • U.S.: Nabokov, Lolita
  • Russia: Turgenev, First Love
  • Germany: “Death Fugue,” Paul Celan
  • Britain: The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot
  • Russia: “Requiem,” Anna Akhmatova
  • Germany: Metropolis
  • Japan: Grave of Fireflies
  • France/Italy: Hiroshima, Mon Amour
  • U.S.: The Birds
  • Australia: Marsden/Tan, The Rabbits; Tan, The Arrival
  • Rwanda: Stassen, Deogratis 

Experimental Literature

  • Summer Reading: Isms: Understanding Modern Art
  • Claudia Rankine, Citizen
  • Shaun Tan, The Arrival 
  • Jason Shiga, Meanwhile
  • Tom Philips, A Humument 
  • Christian Bök, Eunoia
  • Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths 
  • Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
  • Aristotle, Poetics
  • Gertrude Stein, Tender Buttons
  • Joe Brainard, I Remember 
  • Francis Ponge, The Nature of Things 
  • Ginger Ko, Motherlover 
  • Darren Wershler-Henry, Tapeworm Foundry

Wilderness Literature

  • An Audubon field guide of your choice: decide whether you want to specialize in trees, rocks, fossils, mushrooms, butterflies, birds, mammals, etc. and purchase the respective guide. Non-Audubon guides are welcome (for example, Sibley’s guides are better for birds). 
  • Ecopoetry Anthology, ed. Ann Fisher-Wirth
  • The Forest Unseen, David George Haskell 
  • Ecodeviance, CA Conrad
  • American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau, Bill McKibben
  • Field Notes: on Science and Nature, Michael R. Canfield
  • How to Keep a Naturalist’s Notebook
  • The 6th Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Black Nature: Four Centuries of African-American Nature Poetry, ed. Camille T. Dungy

All Courses
Indian Springs School, Birmingham, AL
Wilderness Literature. Spring 2017.
Experimental Literature. Each semester Fall 2014-Fall 2016.
Critical Thinking and Analytical Writing. Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.
Feminist Literature. Spring 2013.
World Literature. Spring 2012 and Fall 2012.

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
EH 101: English Composition I. Fall 2017.

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
ENG 102: Honors Writing II. Spring 2004 and Fall 2004.
HMN 242: Hermann Hesse’s World. Fall 2003.
ENG 201: Advanced Writing I. Spring 2003.
ENG 101: Writing I. Fall 2002, Fall 2008, Fall 2009.
UBE 101: The University Experience. Fall 2000.

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
ENWR 380: Academic and Professional Writing. Fall 2006.

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