Downs’ article provides great suggestions for helping students navigate scholarly articles.
Downs, Doug. “Teaching First-year Writers to Use Texts: Scholarly Readings in Writing-about-writing in First-year Comp.” Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy (2010): 19-50.
In “Meaning-making Concepts: Basic Writers’ Access to Verbal Culture,” published in the Basic Writing E-Journal, Barbara Bird describes her basic writing course at Taylor U. The appendices include a master list of readings and a syllabus.
The University of Central Florida has been publishing Stylus: A Journal of First-Year Writing since 2010. The issues are open access, and if you browse you’ll find examples of outstanding undergraduate research in literacy, composition, and rhetoric, including literacy narratives and studies of discourse communities.