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Claudia Cooper

Visiting Assistant Professor of English & American Literature & Education Studies

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Office Hours: Fall Term: Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 - 2:00, Wednesday 2:00 - 3:00 and by appointment
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Claudia Cooper has been teaching at Middlebury since 1998.Her current interests and research focus on global literature for children, and children’s literacy and Ethiopia.

Professor Cooper earned her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology with a specialization in language and literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. There her work focused on the psychosocial aspects of literacy, specifically how children expressed their points of view by indicating emotional highpoints in their writing, and what relationships could be found with their status as children “at-risk” for academic failure or success.

Presently, Professor Cooper holds a joint teaching appointment in Education Studies and the English and American Literatures Department.Recent courses in Education include Literacy Across the Secondary Curriculum, and the Student Teaching Seminar.She also supervises elementary and secondary student teachers in their school placements.Interdisciplinary and cross listed courses include Writing for Children and Young Adults, Global Literature for Youth, Youth Literature and Film, Taboos and Trends in Literature for Children and Young Adults and Images of Africa and Africa’s Self Image.In 2008, she took a winter term class to Ethiopia for an intensive field based learning experience in a course called Reading Cultures: Writing Lives.

 

 

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CRWR 0560 - Special Project: Writing      

Special Project: Creative Writing
Approval Required.

Winter 2013

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CRWR 0711 - Senior Thesis: Creative Writ.      

Senior Thesis: Creative Writing
Discussions, workshops, tutorials for those undertaking two-term projects in the writing of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. (Formerly ENAM 0711)

Spring 2013, Fall 2013

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EDST 0185 / CRWR 0185 - Writing For Children      

Writing for Children and Young Adults
This course is an introduction to writing for children and young adults through analysis of model short fiction and novels, and regular discussion of student writing. We will focus on craft and form with particular attention to the demands of writing for a young audience. Emphasis will be on composition and revision. 3 hrs. lect.

ART

Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Fall 2014

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EDST 0203 / ENAM 0203 - Taboos and Trends in Lit      

Taboos and Trends in Literature for Children and Young Adults
In this course we will examine groundbreaking works of literature for children and young adults. From Mark Twain to contemporary authors such as Lowry, Myers, and Farmer, writers for young people have pressed hard on societal notions about what is acceptable for young readers. We will look at taboos that have existed and been broken, as well as current trends in the field. We will pay particular attention to developmental issues in youth and sociocultural mores, including censorship.

LIT

Fall 2011

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EDST 0320 - Literacy Across Secondary Curr      

Literacy Across the Secondary Curriculum
This course will acquaint prospective teachers with pedagogies that use literacy to help students learn subject matter, strategies, and skills in various secondary content areas. We will consider both the theory and practice of literacy through analysis of the nature of reading, writing, discussion, interpretation, and critical processes and practices. We will also consider the politics of literacy and the importance of socio-economic, linguistic, and cultural factors in making appropriate choices about methods and materials for diverse populations. Students will spend at least two hours per week observing and tutoring in secondary schools in the Middlebury area. 3 hrs. lect.

Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014

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EDST 0375 - International Education      

International and Cross Cultural Education
Who gets to own knowledge? Who can acquire it? How do we construct advantage and disadvantage? Comparative and international education examines the intersection of culture and education and the ways they are inextricably related through history, politics, and literature. In this course we will explore major concepts, trends, and methodologies across disciplines, focusing on the effects of globalization, the maintenance and dissolution of borders, the commodification of knowledge, the social creation of meaning, and the consequences of those constructions. We will examine global educational traditions and realities on the ground in case studies of Western and developing nations.

CMP SOC

Spring 2013

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EDST 0405 - Elem Student Teach Practicum      

Student Teaching in the Elementary School
A semester-long practicum in a local elementary school under the direct supervision of an experienced cooperating teacher. (Corequisite: EDST 0410) (Approval required)

non-standard grade

Spring 2012

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EDST 0406 - Elem Student Teach Practicum      

Student Teaching in Elementary School
See EDST 0405. (Approval required)

non-standard grade

Spring 2012

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EDST 0407 - Elem Student Teach Practicum      

Student Teaching in the Elementary School
See EDST 0405. (Approval required)

non-standard grade

Spring 2012

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EDST 0415 - Sec Student Teach Practicum      

Student Teaching in the Middle School/High School
A semester-long practicum in a local middle or high school under the direct supervision of an experienced cooperating teacher. (Corequisite: EDST 0410) (Approval required)

non-standard grade

Fall 2014

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EDST 0416 - Sec Student Teach Practicum      

Student Teaching in the Middle School/High School
See EDST 0415. (Approval required)

non-standard grade

Fall 2014

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EDST 0417 - Sec Student Teach Practicum      

Student Teaching in the Middle School/High School
See EDST 0415. (Approval required)

non-standard grade

Fall 2014

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EDST 0500 - Independent Project      

Independent Project
(Approval Required)

Winter 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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ENAM 0211 / EDST 0211 - Global Literature for Youth      

Global Perspectives on Literature for Youth
Literature in translation, post-colonial English literature, and the literature of immigrants are a growing part of literature available to American children. We will examine literature from Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia originally written in English or in translation. What makes international literature distinct from multicultural literature? Do these literary traditions bridge cultural gaps? What issues arise in translating for children? What is the phenomenon of "Americanization?" What are the implicit and explicit cultural and/or ethnic expectations regarding authorship and criticism in international literature? In this class we will examine these questions through the lens of literature for children.

CMP LIT

Spring 2012

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ENAM 0500 - Special Project: Lit      

Special Project: Literature
Approval Required.

Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Fall 2014

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ENAM 0700 - Senior Essay: Critical Writing      

Senior Thesis: Critical Writing
Individual guidance and seminar (discussions, workshops, tutorials) for those undertaking one-term projects in literary criticism or analysis. All critical thesis writers also take the essay workshop (ENAM 700Z) in either Fall or Spring Term.

Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2014

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ENAM 0710 - Senior Thesis: Critical Writ.      

Senior Thesis: Critical Writing
Individual guidance and seminar (discussions, workshops, tutorials) for those undertaking two-term projects in literary criticism or analysis. All critical thesis writers also take the thesis workshop (ENAM 710z) in both Fall and Spring terms.

Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013

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ENAM 0711 - Senior Thesis: Creative Writ.      

Senior Thesis: Creative Writing
Discussions, workshops, tutorials for those undertaking two-term projects in the writing of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.

Fall 2011

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FYSE 1388 - Not Just Child's Play      

Not Just Child’s Play: Depictions of War, Work, Trauma, and Rebellion in Childhood
The UN Child Bill of Rights states that “The child shall be protected against all forms of neglect, cruelty and exploitation,” yet whether as victims or willing participants, children far under eighteen often enter the work force, and many live at the epicenter of armed conflicts. Through fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and film, we will consider historical and contemporary depictions of global youth, from the Holocaust to modern sweatshops and memoirs of childhoods gone awry, with an eye toward understanding the political, economic, and social consequences of childhood cut short. 3 hrs. sem.

CMP CW SOC

Fall 2012

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