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.

Currents Community

We will share most of our work in a Currents Community. We can upload images, respond to each other’s ideas, and share links and artifacts here. (Instructions for joining on the Assignments page.)

Make Cycles (Weekly Work)

Make Cycles (Weekly Work)

Image of DollI’ve organized this class around a series of “make cycles.” After the welcome week, we will work with children’s books in two week cycles, starting with fairy tales in weeks 2 and 3. Week 1 tasks linked below and in the drop down menu above.

I will add the new make cycle at the end of a cycle, so you can expect to see Make Cycle 1 released on Friday, Aug 27, Make Cycle 2 released on Sept 10 and then a new cycle shared every other week after that. They will appear in the drop down menu at the top of our course site under Makes Cycles: Weekly Work. This pacing will give us time to respond to each other’s posts too.

Week 1 (Introductions & Williams reading)

Make Cycle 1: Weeks 2 & 3 (Fairytales). I’ll share this link Aug 27.

Make Cycle 2: Weeks 4 & 5 (Series Books). I’ll share this link Sept 10.

Make Cycle 3: Weeks 6 & 7 (Chapter Books). I’ll share this link Sept 24.

Make Cycle 4: Weeks 8 & 9 (Free Verse Novels). I’ll share this link Oct 8.

Make Cycle 5: Weeks 10 & 11 (Graphic Novels). I’ll share this link Oct 22.

Make Cycle 6: Weeks 12 & 13 (YA Novels). I’ll share this link Nov 5.

Make Cycle 7: Weeks 14-16 (Remix & Reflect). I’ll share this link Nov 26ish (Thanksgiving break is Nov 22-26)

As I add new weeks/Make Cycles to the drop down menu above, I will archive the previous weeks’ cycles on this page.

VERY IMPORTANT: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE order all your books asap. I know it’s tempting to order as you go, but often students order them used and then it takes a month to get them. Please have them ordered, so they can be ready to go for the semester, by the end of the first week of our class.