Why a good book is a secret door

G+ Community

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


Course calendar can be found above and HERE.

Author: kjaxon

Reminders for week 3 & 4

Reminders for week 3 & 4

Hello nice people,

Your first Make (featuring your ideas about fairy tales) is due by Sunday night. You’ll see a category called “Make 1: Fairytales (Sept 15)” on our G+ community. Look forward to seeing your makes! Remember to write a reflection about why you decided to approach your make the way you did and what worked/what didn’t. Emma already shared hers and it’s a nice example of what your reflection and make could look like (Thanks Emma!)

For Monday, come to class having started your series book choice and bring your book with you. (Series of Unfortunate Events, Origami Yoda Series, King & Kayla, OR Keena Ford). HERE is the link to your book selections for the semester. I’ll post this link on the Syllabus page and our calendar too.

We will also start reading from Miller’s Reading in the Wild next week, so make sure you have that book or let me know on Monday and I’ll show you how to find the library etext.

Reminders for Week 2

Reminders for Week 2

Hi everyone and happy Friday,
Here are some things to do heading into next week (you can find all these things on the calendar as well):
  • CHOOSE BOOKS: If you have not let me know which books you want to read this semester, please fill out the form this weekend (by Monday evening): LINK HERE. Make sure you get them ordered asap.
  • WRITE POST: Post your introduction and literacy discussion in our G+ community by Monday nightLink to prompts HERE (link to G+ with instructions on that doc too and on our site/calendar)
    • RESPOND TO A PEER: Respond to a peer’s post after you post yours on Monday night. You’ll always post one and respond to one.
  • READ: We are reading the Little Red Riding Hood (LRRH) series of stories for Wednesday’s classPages 3-24 here. You can also simply google the titles and find these versions on the web if the pdf is hard to read. Keep notes so you can refer to the versions for our work in class on Wednesday.
Thanks for a great first week.
Reminders for Wednesday, Aug 28

Reminders for Wednesday, Aug 28

Here are a couple reminders for tomorrow:
  • If you can, please bring laptop/tablet so we can get set up on our G+ community. You’ll have your first response due Monday night.
  • Please read ‘A Puzzle to the Rest of Us…” short article (have it with you on laptop or some device so we can refer to it). Link on calendar.
  • Look over syllabus, books, assignments and come with any questions
Welcome to English 341 Fall 2019

Welcome to English 341 Fall 2019

Hello! I am beyond excited to teach this course again; it is one of my favorites. Due to this excitement, what you’ll find here is a very ambitious reading list and syllabus. (I can explain, I swear.) And while it is ambitious, and you may gasp at the amount of books we will be reading, I’ve tried to build in a lot of student choice in text selection. In fact, most of the reading in this class will be chosen by you and will be books you can put to use in your future classrooms. You can start clicking around the links I’ve included for the books on the Syllabus page and see what appeals to you.

One of the first things you can do is get the common, required book in your hands: Donalyn Miller’s Reading in the Wild. The rest of the books you can order (through your book seller of choice) after you’ve decided on your reading choices, but in the first week. You need all the books in your hands by Sept 11. I did not order the books through the campus store since many of them you can find easily on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the local used bookstore or our library.

Finally, just a head’s up that I’m going to throw you into the deep end of technology and connect you with communities of teachers who are tweeting, blogging, and discussing the teaching of reading, particularly the teaching of young adult and children’s literature. You’ll try platforms out in a low-stakes environment and I’ll help.

Seriously. So. Excited. I look forward to meeting you!

Let the wild rumpus start!

Dr. Jaxon