Weekly Video Updates

Make Cycles

Our course is organized by two week “make cycles,” a term I borrow from Connected Learning. We will read, discuss, and write based on the mentor texts we’re reading. You can find the weekly 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. Peter Kittle’s class will be joining us too.

Weeks 7 & 8 Update

Weeks 7 & 8 Update

Make Cycle 4: Compelling Arguments is ready to go for weeks 7 & 8! We have one less response this next week since I am off to a conference. You’ll read a little more, but one fewer post in the first round of this make cycle.

As I said in the introduction to this cycle, we’ll be focusing on argument, but I don’t think any text can be found in some pure form: hard to find a text that is only narrative, only expository, only persuasive, only whatever. However, it can be useful to focus on some elements over others and do some intentional work in a genre. For that reason, we’ve focused on elements of writing also found in Common Core in order to help you think about how to teach a variety of approaches to writing. My hope, however, is that you recognize that while you might help students focus on an area that you also help them see how texts are typically made up of many elements (using a story to make an argument, for example). I’m also hoping we maintain our playful approach to teaching writing, so you’ll notice that our argumentative mentor texts include some great children’s books that you can use to talk about arguments with your students.

I’ll add a video here tomorrow (Monday) with some further ideas and explanation for this cycle. And featured blogs coming soon too! Thanks everyone for your continued fabulous work. Kim

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