Make Cycles

Our course is organized by “make cycles,” a term I borrow from Connected Learning. You can find the tasks for each cycle in the drop down menu above.

Google+ Community

We will share most of our work in a Google+ Community. We will upload images, respond to each other’s ideas, and share links and “makes” here.

Month: August 2017

Weeks 1 & 2 Updates

Weeks 1 & 2 Updates

Here is the email I sent today with the weekly video included below:

Thank you so much for the fabulous introductions and for responding to your peers! Really enjoying getting to know you all through our G+ community.

Each Friday I will send a weekly email update: I’ll give you a checklist for what should be done and what is coming up the next week. I also will add a new video each Friday to the front of our course website (a new one is there now). PLEASE WATCH the weekly videos as they offer additional, clarifying information. For example, the end of this week’s video talks about grading. I would see these videos as required texts.

By tonight, you should have:

  • Ordered your book: About the Authors by Katie Wood Ray. We’ll start reading chapters the week after next.
  • Joined our G+ Community and posted an introduction
  • Responded to the Lunsford, What Do You Do With an Idea, and McWhorter readings. (under Make Cycle 1: Discussion Posts in G+)–by tonight.
  • Responded to a peer’s post (Inro and the one due tonight).
Next week:
  • By Tuesday (Aug 29) share some insights from our mentor texts (Chrysanthemum, and two poems by Jacqueline Woodson). What lines are your favorites? How might you use ideas or structures from these texts? (G+ Community: Week One Discussion). Prompt in the Make Cycle 1 Instructions
  • By Friday (Sept 1), create a “make”: a poem or a Little Bird Tale about you. Watch the video from me this week for some suggestions. Post in G+ Community under Make Cycle One: Our Makes. Again, more info in the Make Cycle 1 Instructions
You’re doing really smart work! Thank you!

Welcome to English 333: Advanced Comp for Future Teachers Online!

Welcome to English 333: Advanced Comp for Future Teachers Online!

Hello everyone! I am so excited to write and work together this semester! Please check out our site and the various pages. I’ve created a welcome video that I hope offers some insights into our course and how we’ll work together (see above). I will update the weekly video each week on the main page.

One book to buy for our class: About the Authors: Writing Workshop with Our Youngest Writers by Katie Wood Ray and Lisa Cleaveland.

You should also check out:

  • The Syllabus page
  • The Make Cycles page, which also has drop down menus outlining the tasks for various weeks. I’ll update those “Make Cycles” every two weeks from that Make Cycles drop down menu. You have some tasks to complete for weeks one and two, which you can find on that drop down menu. Look for Make Cycle 1.

Please notice that our first Intro post has two parts. And again, you can find the prompts and instructions under the Make Cycle 1 page.

By Wednesday night (Aug 23): post an introduction to our group. This intro has two parts: 1) your introduction to us and 2) some thoughts about your literacies. Some things you could tell us:

  • Who are you and why are you here?
  • How did you end up at Chico State? What are your goals this semester and beyond?
  • What are your interests?
  • What are you curious about?
  • ALSO: at the end of your introduction, start to think about your own literacies: what do you read and write? What purpose does writing serve in your life? What counts as writing? What about lists, social media, texting, emails, amazon reviews? In what ways do you use writing in your day to day life? How does this writing connect to writing you do for school?
  • Once you’ve shared your post, respond to a peer, make connections to another human.

Post in our G+ Community. Look for the category called “Make Cycle One: Introductions” on the left hand side of our G+ page. Hoping you’ll share an image or even a video! Again, and always: Once you’ve shared your post, respond to a peer, make connections to another human.

Let me know if you have questions and I look forward to seeing you online!