Weekly Video Update

Make Cycles

Our course is organized by two week “make cycles,” a term I borrow from Connected Learning. We will read, discuss, and make things based on the children’s books we’re reading. You can find the “weekly work” for each cycle in the drop down menu above.

Google+ 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.

Week 3 Update

Week 3 Update

Hello everyone!

You’re doing thoughtful work with the LRRH versions of tales. Thank you so much for engaging with these ideas! Please remember to respond on a peer’s discussion every time too! The places where a few of you end up having a conversation about these ideas are awesome. I’ve highlighted some of your work on our example student work page: thank you Casey, Sandra, Jennifer, Alice, Janette and Brianna!

Also, I emailed some of you who have really short responses, asking you to expand on the ideas moving forward. I should be able to tell that you’ve done the reading, so the response should go beyond some general conclusions and should point to places in the readings to make your points. I would expect 3-4 paragraphs for much of the work we are doing with the discussions, especially if the response is connected to readings.

Please read the information below carefully:

Goodreads Group: make sure you’ve joined our Goodreads group. We’ll start writing reviews of books in a couple weeks. In the meantime, get familiar with the site, add books to our virtual shelf, etc.

Response & Make: This week, we are continuing our Fairy Tale unit and reading in the Cinderella cycle of stories. You have a response, two prompts, due next Wednesday (Sept 6) and then our first “make” is due on Friday, Sept 8. For this first make, you’ll remix Cinderella and write a poem or create a some art or combine both: drawing or image and a poem. You will also tell us about your process in creating the “make”: tell us why you made the choices that you did and what worked and what didn’t go so well. Instructions are on our Make Cycle 1 page.

Picture book assignment. You have been assigned a picture book author for our picture book assignment. Instructions for the assignment are on our Assignments page, where you will also find a link to the author you have been assigned. Link to your author here too. <– this link also shows all the books you picked for the semester. You will create a resource for us using your picture book author: you can create a Google Slide presentation, a Prezi, a video, a website, a lesson plan. You should give us info on the author, link to videos with the author, show us some of the books, and think about how the books could be used in your future classroom. You can do this anytime between now and Oct 27. You’ll share the resource in a G+ category called Picture Book Authors.

Books! We start reading the series books and Donalyn Miller Reading in the Wild starting in one week. Make sure you have your books! 

Grades: a new grade update is coming up next. Grades so far:

  • Introduction post
  • Response to Williams reading
  • What makes a fairy tale discussion
  • Little Red prompts/discussion

Total points so far: 40 (Sorry, not taking late work in the online classes: too hard with 140 posts per week between the two online courses)

Thanks everyone!


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