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.)

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

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

Make Cycle 6: Young Adult Novels

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, Eleanor & Park OR Furia 

Nov 8-19

In a nutshell:

  • By Wednesday, Nov 10: Miller chapter 4 and reading plans
  • By Sunday, Nov 14 : YA Novel character analysis and thoughts on your book
  • By Friday, Nov 19 (or by Sunday, Nov 28 is fine too): YA Novel Make

Enjoy break: Nov 22-26!

Nov 8-14

By Wednesday, Nov 10:

Read Miller Chapter 4.

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 the fall break, winter break, 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.

Post in Currents: Miller 4 & reading plans

By Sunday, 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 young adults/adolescence from this character?

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

Post in Currents: YA Novel character

No Wednesday prompt, so you can have time for the Make that is due before we leave for break OR, if it helps you to finish your book, you can complete the Make on Sunday, Nov 28. 😉

By Friday, Nov 19 (or Sunday, Nov 28th if it would help to have time over break to finish book): 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?

Post in Currents: YA Novel MAKE

Hope you have a relaxing or productive week off…whatever you need the week to be for you!