I last taught this course in Spring 2014. A revision of a course I had taught in the fall, we explored literacy in community contexts across UW-Madison and in the city. Students completed an ethnography of a community close to them and a project requiring qualitative interviews gathering the literacy history of someone important to them. Then, they revised one of their projects for a group blog that I hope to expand with work from future classes titled Literacy in Our Lives.
I am currently teaching this course, which examines the genres, writing communities, and literacy sponsors that make up the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Students will explore our University Archives following inquiry rather than argument to build their first paper. Next they will write an ethnography of communication about a campus community that is important to them.