MidWeek 5: Preparing for the Melinda Awards

13 02 2011

We’ll have a busy week coming up with our discussion of literary quality in Young Adult Literature and voting for our top books on Monday night and then our meeting with the Eva Perry teens on Friday night to compare our results.

Please do take just a minute to make any nominations that you’d like for the various award categories. Everything from “best female character in a starring role” to “best literary boyfriend.”

Nominations, Part 1 http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JG7G568
Nominations, Part 2 http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K6X9YDV

I know this is a Friday evening and may not be possible for some, but if you can make it then I guarantee that you’ll enjoy it. Come virtually in Second Life or come actually. There is an actual advantage with getting to eat pizza with the teens afterward.

Leaving Good Blog Comments

I’ve blogged before about an effort by teachers to develop a scope and sequence for blogging. My argument is that good blogging is good writing. I don’t see why a distinction needs to be made. If we create the conditions for students to learn to write for a variety of audiences and purposes then they’ll be well prepared to blog successfully.

The same goes for commenting on blogs. It’s learning to craft your writing to fit the purpose and audience – in this case, to extend the digital conversation about a certain topic.

Erin Nielsen has crafted a thoughtful how-to paper on how to craft a blog comment. This should be really helpful as we begin to feel comfortable with our own blogs and ready to venture forth and comment on the blogs of course colleagues. The Web is a generous place, I think you’ll find, and commenting on the blogs of others will lead to the favor being returned.

Crafting Good Blog Comments


Two Interesting Blog Events this Week:

Jen tweeted to let us know of her new blog post on “Reading as a Collaborative Act” and got a retweet from Dr. Young who follows her. In Twitter culture, that’s high praise to merit a retweet.

Scott assumed a critical stance and asked some tough questions in his blog about the potential value of bookcasting for teenagers – creating the perfect opportunity for a conversation about teenagers and reflective thinking.

Blogging and tweeting are all about networked, distributed, connectivist learning. Make the most of this opportunity to experience it!

Activities and Action Items
• Complete “Solid as a Rock” Literary Quality VoiceThread by class time on Monday, Feb. 14, 7 pm ET. — http://bookhenge2011.wikispaces.com/Week+5+Activities
Heads-up that you must read Finnikin of the Rock to accomplish this assignment.
• Prepare to “stand up for”/advocate for book you feel most distinguished in literary quality. We’ll vote in class on Monday.
• Nominate Superlatives – Note there are two ten-question surveys (ten is the max number of questions you can ask on a free survey). Please place nominations by Monday, noon ET. Thanks!
Nominations, Part 1 http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JG7G568
Nominations, Part 2 http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K6X9YDV
• Reflect and Self-Assess in Your RAP. Remember that it’s not too early to begin a dialogue about your Action Learning Project.

Enjoy your weekend! Create, take care, and keep in touch . . .

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