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.

Weeks 3 & 4

Weeks 3 & 4

Howdy nice people of English 333,

Oh my gosh: I loved loved loved reading your insights into the About the Authors chapter and the 1st grader’s writing! Sounds like you are enjoying the book as much as I do and your responses were so good! Seriously. So good.  I just finished up feedback on the first Makes and on your responses to About the Authors, chapter 1 and just feel really inspired by the ideas you are working with.

One thing that was interesting if you read through all of your posts is how many of you noticed spelling on first glance at Josh’s Mammoth story. Some of you talked about the impulse to correct all the spelling and how you realized that may not be the most helpful approach. I really appreciate how much you are all puzzling over the challenges of writing with little kids and noticing the interesting thinking they are doing. Josh is doing such interesting work with spelling and clearly is starting to understand that words are made up of patterns. You might find this article helpful for thinking about spelling specifically: we really do gain understanding over time. If the first thing a child sees on her writing is lots of corrections and red pen marks, she’ll stop writing so much. It’s all about picking the things to correct and knowing that over time you’ll see growth. But they must be writing for you to see growth, so the amount is important. It’s also about knowing which things to address in a mini-lesson with the whole class and which things to address with an individual student. One rule I follow when responding to any writer (a fellow scholar or a first-time freshman or a 4th grader) is that I want the first thing they see for feedback is something positive. It is a brave act to share our writing. Once we build community and trust, we can start pushing a writer more and more.

Up next: you’re reading mentor texts this week (The Dot, Alexander…, and Harris Burdick/Ashley’s “Moving Vines”) and thinking about their structures you might borrow for your stories (response due Tuesday, Feb 13). And then writing stories! Make 2 due next Sunday, Feb 18. Please remember to write about your process too when you share your make.

I didn’t comment on all the lists posts, but I did check them off and I really enjoyed reading them! Hoping the lists are inspiration for your story ideas. *Note: if you see that you got 5/10 on the Lists/Barnett Ted talk response, it’s because I only saw your lists and not the response to the talk. If you want to go back and add that, let me know and I’ll update your grade. You might have just missed that second part of the prompt.

Our featured curators for this cycle–Make Cycle 2–are Samone, Brianna, Julie, Rebecca L, Sandra, and Brittany. They’ll be reading through our work and highlighting our cool ideas and stories (I sent the six of you an email a few days ago with some info). If you have not yet read the featured blogs from last week, you should. Many of you were highlighted! Thanks again to Christina, Ruben, Kellie, and Chad!

Thanks everyone. This is a great group of humans in this class. Appreciate your work.


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