R&C courses are a complex challenge for students and GSIs alike.
reading & composition courses
Where your R&C course fits in the UC Berkeley curriculum, your department, your students’ needs, and your professional development.
A methodical way to turn your course ideas into a well designed set of student learning objectives, activities, and assessments.
Essential elements of an R&C syllabus.
Use existing R&C syllabi to cultivate ideas for your own.
For many lower-division students, reading is a receptive or decoding process. Give them explicit procedures for making reading a critical, creative process.
Creative ideas from GSIs for eliciting memorable discussions that help students learn.
Brief introduction to some central ideas in composition pedagogy.
Learn how to describe to students what is distinctive about the kinds of papers you will assign in your R&C course.
Consider the length and complexity of the assignments you give, and sequence them so that students can build from lower-stakes to higher-stakes papers.