Bringing It All Together
This course explored the role of reading and writing in English studies. More than any other subjects, reading and writing are often thought to be the sole territory of the English studies discipline. They are often thought to be ubiquitous within the discipline; therefore, it is not always clear how they are discipline-specific. However, this course hopefully has shown the ways in which reading and writing has a specific role within English that is different from other disciplines.
Unit 5 first noted major ideas or considerations about reading and writing in English, such as motivation, engagement, text complexity, multiliteracies, language study, standards, and formative assessment. The next units looked at reasons for reading and writing in English, most notably the role of personal, civic, and career or vocational purposes that are best supported in English studies and easily used as a bridge to formal academic reading and writing. After highlighting several instructional strategies and instructional formats for teaching reading and writing in English, the last unit discussed how reading and writing converge and presented thoughts on how to take this into consideration when planning for instruction.