Multimodal Composition

For a final homework assignment, I asked my students to define literacy using either Glogster or Voicethread. When I required my students to use technology earlier this semester, I made sure to demonstrate/model–but this time, I only showed them a finished product. I told them that I was intentionally not …

Resourceful Teachers

I got really busy this semester, so I haven’t blogged much–but my amazing Literacy Studies students merit a blog entry or two. So here goes. We’ve been doing a lot of work with technology this semester. Student groups created wonderful Google Sites based on texts discussed in literature circles, creating …

Media Literacy

Yesterday I was at Oslo Katedraleskole, visiting Edvin Svela’s class. Edvin had developed a project based on his students’ suggestion that they analyze the biases of a number of news organizations: Fox News, BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, etc. In order to compare each news station’s bias, they all focused on …

Read Alouds

Quite frequently, students who aren’t very good readers are mystified by what they are supposed to do when they read. The message they usually get from teachers is limited–when I’ve asked even good readers to explain to me what they do when they read almost always the only thing they …

Multigenre Projects

My friend Cathy Blanchfield introduced me to the multigenre project, a writing assignment that she uses in her high school classes. I’ve found that it also works really well with my college students. I love giving my students the choice of either writing a traditional essay or experimenting with the …