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.

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Week 5 Update

Week 5 Update

This week (Sept 18-24):

  • Response due by Wednesday about your series book (which you should also finish by then). You’ll talk about how you might use the series in your future classroom. Post under Week 5: Series Book prep in G+
  • Review of your series book due on Goodreads by Friday. You can totally copy and paste from your series response this week. The review should help your future teacher self remember the book. This should take 10 minutes.
  • Make due on Sunday! Don’t wait until the last minute to come up with the idea for how you want to share your book with everyone! Remember, your make does not need to be digital. You can always share a picture with us. For example, one semester, a student made a doll for the book Doll Bones, which was pretty awesome. Again, your make should get people excited about the book, share a theme, a character, or help you think through ideas. Movie poster, book trailer, lesson plan, a game, an artifact, a website, a song, etc

Image of Doll

Week 4 Update

Week 4 Update

Hi everyone!

Friendly reminder that your first “make” is due tomorrow tonight (Friday, Sept 8). Really enjoying reading the new tales and poems that are there already; thank you! And you did fabulous work with the gruesome Cinderella tales. I’ll post grade updates this weekend per usual.

New video above with reminders, including more information about the picture books assignment:

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.

Up next: we are starting our two week Make Cycle 2, which is focused on your series books. Next week you’ll write about your book and Donalyn Miller’s Reading in the Wild. 

In last week’s email update, I asked you to please click on a link to let me know you’re reading emails. Only about half of you did, which makes me a little nervous. Please make sure you’re reading weekly updates and watching the weekly video updates. Lots of information you can miss. So, let’s try again: please click HERE and let me know you’ve read this email. Thank you for your support. 😉

And bonus: you really need to know The Paper Bag Princess

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!

Kim

Weeks 1 & 2 Update

Weeks 1 & 2 Update

Here is the email I sent today and the weekly video update (below):

Very much enjoyed getting to know you through our G+ Community! Thank you for the introductions and for chiming in on each other’s posts. As will be our routine, here is a Friday email update. Each Friday, I will give you the check list of what should be done by now and what’s coming up next week.

I will also post a new video each Friday on the front page of our course website (a new one is there now). PLEASE watch these videos, as they are full of information about the assignments and the courseSee these videos as a required text for the class; they will help with confusions you might have about assignments. For example, at the end of this week’s video I explain how I work with grades and grade updates since I don’t use Blackboard.

By tonight, you should have:

  • Joined our G+ Community and written your intro post.
  • Posted a response to the “Puzzle to the Rest of Us…” reading (under Week One: A Puzzle to the Rest of Us G+ area).
  • Responded to a peer’s post (both the intro and the Puzzle one due tonight). This is part of our routine: always post your response and respond to a peer’s ideas/post.
  • Made an account in Goodreads and joined our 341 group
  • Filled out the link to tell me which books you are reading. AND ORDER your books!
Coming up next week:
  • Watch this week’s video update
  • We are starting our two-week make cycles. Up first: fairy tales
  • Post due by Wednesday, Aug 30 in G+ (under Week Two: Fairy Tale (Little Red))
  • Readings (various versions of Little Red Riding Hood) due by Friday, Sept 1
  • Also Friday, Sept 1: respond to two prompts about Little Red (under Week Two: Fairy Tale (Little Red))
  • Instructions and prompts are in the Make Cycle 1 Instructions for Weeks 2 & 3 HERE
One idea for this week: for those of you who commute, you might want to consider a free 30 day trial of Audible.com. You could listen to most of the books for our class on your drives. And listening to children’s audio books may fit in with your life better.
Thanks again for the responses on G+. You’re doing some really thoughtful work already!
Best,
Kim

Welcome to English 341 online for fall 2017!

Welcome to English 341 online for fall 2017!

Hello everyone! I am so excited to read and work together this semester! Please check out our site and the various pages. I’ve created a welcome video that I hope offers some insights into our course and how we’ll work together (see above). You should also check out:

  • The book list on the Syllabus & Book Selections page
  • The Weekly Work page, which also has drop down menus outlining the tasks for various weeks. I’ll update those “Make Cycles” every two weeks from that Weekly Work drop down menu. You have some tasks to complete for week one, which you can find on that drop down menu. Look for Week 1: Introductions & Getting Situated.

Let me know if you have questions and I look forward to seeing you online!

Kim