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 an informative resource that could be used in connection with the following texts:

Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

Matt de la Pena, Mexican White Boy.

Phillip Hoose, Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice.

Scott Westerfeld, Leviathan.

Gene Luen Yang, American Born Chinese. (I developed this one as a model for my students)

We folded the work into their literature circles group meetings and one member of the group usually created the site using the contributions of the other members of the group.

I like that these sites demonstrate how technology can be used as a forum for writing and thinking. Students had to research, make decisions about which sites to link to, and then synthesize what they learned in order to write the overview for each page.¬†They also looked closely at each other’s sites, both to critique and to learn. They gave deep and meaningful feedback to each other because they had background knowledge from developing their own site.

It seems like such a simple assignment, but the result was that students understood how and why to help their students develop 21st century literacies.




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