Critical Reading and Writing

ENGL-T122-007 | Spring 2013
Jennifer Jeanfreau

Service learning is required for this course. 

Time commitment: 20 hours

Learning goal: Students will learn to think critically and write persuasively about selected social justice issues (for example, the racial gap in educational outcomes).  By volunteering in local nonprofit organizations, they will learn to observe closely, listen carefully, and reflect on experience verbally and in writing. 

All students must complete a service learning placement with one of the following agencies:

Anna's Arts for Kids                                    
Boys Hope Girls Hope                                  
Bridge House                                             
Cafe con Ingles                                         
Catholic Charities: Adult Education
Catholic Charities: Computer Literacy
Catholic Charities: English as a Second Language
Catholic Charities: Head Start
Edible Schoolyard NOLA
Freret Neighborhood Center
Good Shepherd School
Hagar's House
Harry Tompson Center
Hope Lodge
Kedila Family Learning Services
Lafayette Academy Reading Room
Luke's House Clinic
NET Charter High School
New Orleans Outreach
Orleans Public Defenders
Ozanam Inn Computer Lab
Project Lazarus
STAIR (Start the Adventure in Reading)
Uptown Shepherd's Center
Wilson Charter School
YMCA Educational Services (YES!)


  1. Research your options.  Browse the agencies listed on this page.  Find ones that connect to your interests and passions.  Also look for agencies that fit your schedule and transportation situation.  Use this scheduler to figure out your best times to do service learning.  Take into account the transportation support programs offered by the Office of Service Learning.
  2. Make contact with your favorite agencies.  It pays to initiate communication early.  Remember, you are competing for limited spots at each agency.
  3. Come to the SERVE Fair to talk with agency staff and learn more about your favorites.
  4. Receive placement offers.  Accept a placement offer online by Friday, January 25, 2013 at 5 pm. 
  5. Complete preservice requirements.
  6. Agree on a regular schedule with your agency and start serving!
  7. Document all your hours using a service learning timesheet.  Submit your first timesheet to Bobet 113 at midterm (Friday, March 8th @ 5pm).  Submit your final timesheet by the last day of classes (Wed, May 1 @ 5pm).
  8. Finish all your service learning hours by the last day of classes.
  9. Your performance will be evaluated by your agency.  This performance evaluation will be given to your professor an incorporated into your class grade.
  10. Receive a service learning transcript notation.  Put it on your resume too!