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.

Weeks 12 & 13 (Make Cycle 6: YA Novels)

Weeks 12 & 13 (Make Cycle 6: YA Novels)

Make Cycle 6: Young Adult Novels

Ready Player One, Eleanor & Park, Bone Gap, Stargirl, or Going Bovine

Nov 6-Nov 17

In a nutshell:

  • By Thursday, Nov 9: Miller chapter 4 and response
  • By Tuesday, Nov 14: YA Novel character analysis and thoughts on your book
  • By Friday, Nov 17: Goodreads Review for YA Novel
  • By Friday, Nov 17th: YA Novel Make

image of book Battle Bunny

Thanksgiving Break!

Make sure you have Battle Bunny ready to read when we return from break!


Week 12: Nov 6-9

Read Miller Chapter 4.

Respond to prompt by Thursday, Nov 9:

In chapter 4, Miller talks a lot about choice and about making plans for reading. I’d like us to focus on those ideas for this response.

1) As with previous chapters, highlight some of the take aways for you. What ideas resonate from this chapter? Then,

2) let’s make some reading plans: what could you commit to reading over Thanksgiving break, over the longer winter break, over the summer, and beyond? How could your reading plans help support your growth as a future teacher? You might start by looking over the Newbery award winners (perhaps starting from 2000), and think about how you might work through those children’s chapter books. Make a plan for reading (you could use her ideas in this chapter for inspiration) and share it with us.

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Week 13: Nov 13-17

By Tuesday, Nov 14:

Let’s return to a previous prompt and 1) do a close analysis of one of the characters from your YA Novel:

  • What are his/her physical characteristics?
  • How does he/she interact with other characters?
  • How does he/she interact with the world around him/her?
  • What are this character’s behavioral traits?
  • Choose a sentence or two that is significant for this character. What do we learn about this character from the passage you’ve selected? What do we know about children/childhood from this character?

Then, 2) overall, tell us about your YA novel. Are you liking it? Would you recommend it? Why or why not?

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image of Goodreads logoBy Friday, Nov 17: Finish YA novel and write book review in our Goodreads Community.  (Last review for the semester!)


By Friday, Nov 17: Make 6 (YA Novel Make)

The goal: share your book in a creative way with others so that perhaps they too can get excited about reading the book. Another goal: use the make as a way to think about the ideas/themes/characters in the books we are reading. Try out making something that you might ask your future students to make.

You can create a piece of art, a book trailer or short film, write a song, write fanfiction, create a game, create a lesson plan or class activity…lots of possible ways to share. You can upload an image of your artifact, share a link, share a video, etc.

As always, once you create your “make,” you will also write a brief artist’s/writer’s statement explaining what you were attempting to do with this make: how did you approach this artifact? what worked? what did not work out as planned?

The points for the makes are made up by three components: a) a prep for the make prompt, which will usually ask about how you might use the book in your classroom (5pts); b) the make itself (10pts); and c) the discussion of the process (5pts).

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