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.

Example Student Work

Example Student Work

I’ll link and upload some of the cool work y’all are doing here, so we can celebrate each other’s projects. The examples may also help when you’re stuck or need some inspiration.

Alice Mylod-Vargas response to:

  • What are some features of these texts (Chrysanthemum, A girl named Jack, and Second daughter’s second day) that resonate with you? What are some of your favorite lines? Why? How might we use these texts as models for our own writing? What elements would you borrow?

I found the italicizing of words in “A Girl Named Jack” very interesting. Whenever anyone said something, it would be italicized as to make the reader aware of who’s talking. I find this element interesting and would like to copy in when wanting to emphasize certain parts of my writing. I found the line “But the women said no” interesting because it shows the power the wife had over the husband. Although he wanted to name his child one name, the wife did not compromise.

In “Chrysanthemum,” I felt that the length of the sentences helped place emphasize on the important parts in the book. Most of the time, the sentences were very short and each sentence would end with “ [insert name] said”. This pattern was kept throughout the book. I would like to use this pattern technique. I appreciated how the author places emphasis on the words especially the last line, “Chrysanthemum did not think her name was absolutely perfect, she knew it”. The reader became drawn to the italicized words which I feel the author wanted to happen.

I loved the structure of “second daughter’s second day.” I felt that it was very impactful. In particular, I liked when the author leaves multiple spaces in between the line, “She was six years old.” It drew that readers attention to the fact that Ruby Bridges was only six years old when called names and spit at due to her skin color. When writing a poem, we can use these techniques to portray which lines we feel are especially important by the structure, phrasing, and patterns used.

I felt that all these texts used great and simple techniques that created a strong and positive effect on the reader.

Rafael Sevilla’s response to Lunsford, McWhorter, Yamada:

One of the things I struggle with as a parent is constantly thinking about how to inspire my girls, especially my oldest, as to how to be themselves and never shy away from expressing what they feel. “What Do You Do With An Idea” has become something I want to share with her because it really does a good job explaining that they should never fear making their ideas become reality, no matter how silly they think they could be. Writing is such a perfect way to convey emotion and deep thought. Reading and writing can do so much for culture. It can inspire a kid to take an idea and run with it and make it into reality.

I did not know nor learn English until I was 7 years old. I struggled a lot, and on top of it I was made fun of how I spoke when struggling to learn it and speak it. It wasn’t until I grabbed a book from my school library and told myself that I would learn this language no matter what. Reading helped me learn the language faster than I could have ever imagined, and combined with putting that reading into use when I wrote, the pace I learned English in quickened. I wouldn’t be where I am today with the English language had I never began to try my best at reading and writing it.

I believe in my introduction I wrote that texting and social media are to some effect detrimental to our literacy; I do in some ways firmly believe that. Yet, I am more so speaking about how people keep their heads down on their screens and avoid reality. I can agree with Lunsford. I also think we can all adapt to the situation we may find ourselves in when it comes to communication through writing. Some of my closest friends marvel as to how I can be the way they always have known me to be, with zero filter and then with a flip of a switch be articulate when the situation presents itself. I consider myself a pretty good writer. I know their is always room for improvement, but I can hold my own when a paper is due and put my best effort into writing something that catches the eye or makes people feel something.

As a whole I think all the writing we do or have done in this generation, we may be with the help of social media and other technology more adaptable to changes in literacy and changes in audience. I personally find it a challenge I love taking in doing this sort of thing. I love to be informed to I pick up a physical copy of my local paper everyday, I also read websites like The New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, ESPN, TMZ, KRCR, and HuffPost. I do most of writing at work, but I also like taking care of birthday cards for our friends and family as well as little notes to my lady to let her know even though we may not see each other much in our hectic lives, that she is still always on my mind. I do the same for both my girls. Reading and writing serve me a huge purpose outside of school because I love to read and write every chance I get. It helps me unwind and get emotions off my chest. Social media really has a minimal role in my life since November, the month after my father died in 2015. I logged off from every site I had a profile with. I put my family in front and my faith forward and stacked up school work and my job and have been focusing on that since then.

Surprisingly after watching McWhorter’s TED talk, I really agree with his point about how we are communicating over text messages. I really never looked at that way. I really love when I can see the other side of an argument I really never agreed with in the first place. He makes a very valid point as to how we can write the way we talk, and their shouldn’t be anything wrong with that. There is however a fine line and that’s where being able to adapt to situational changes in literacy comes in. I love to write so much I realize usually very late when I start to get or have already gotten overly wordy. So if you comment on my post and took the time to read it thank you.