Week 7: Peril and Promise of YA Lit

23 02 2011

It’s great to read your blogs and how impressed you were with the Eva Perry teens. They serve as a wonderful example of what can happen when teens learn to not only love literature but love talking about it. So many dividends. Looking forward to our discussion of the “promise and peril” of YA lit and YA lit’s place in the English classroom.

We have one book club successfully formed and, hopefully, a second is in process. There’s a give-and-take that comes with forming groups, and the first go-round is never easy. My advice is that if you’ve not committed by Friday am, then it’s time to consider joining a club. It’s tough to give up a book you’ve pitched but learning to negotiate is important. You’ll have time to meet during Monday’s class and you want to make the most of it. Don’t forget the power of Twitter for quick communication.

Many of us hate the Twitter interface and have tried Hootsuite and Tweetdeck but still not found it pleasant. Do check out The Bookhenge Daily. It’s updated once a day and includes all the tweets to #bookhenge plus excerpts from the blogs tweeted. You may prefer it to the Netvibes Dashboard which Google has finally begun picking up everyone’s blog who remembers to tag with “bookhenge” in the body/title. I understand that it takes several blog posts before the Google search engine finds you.

The Bookhenge Daily interface

Assignments and Action Items

We meet next on Monday, Feb. 28, but will not meet on Monday, March 7th – Spring Break!

1. Promise & Peril Collaborative Critical Inquiry – Complete these readings and blog your response by Friday, Feb. 25, 11:59 pm ET so we’ll have a chance to review by Monday’s class. Sooner is better. Do remember to tweet news of your blog post and comment on colleagues. Comment on those that you wish to extend the conversation. A few thoughtful comments trump positive but fluffy ones. There are no expectations that you respond to all blogs.

2. Multicultural Genre Book Clubs – Clubs will have at least 45 minutes to meet during our Monday, Feb. 28th class. Clubs will share their books in a creative way — bookcasts, live drama, etc. — in class on Monday, March 14th. Remember, no class on Monday, March 7th (Spring Break).

3. Multicultural Collaborative Critical Inquiry – Readings and response due by Friday, March 11, 11:59 pm. Again, tweet and comment.

4. Heads-up that the Action Learning Project Proposal and the Lit Review Lite (Lit Review Lite is optional but required for an exemplary grade of A) are due just after Spring break on Tuesday, March 15, 11:59 pm. There’s a template in the Template Gallery in Google Docs. Search for “ECI 521” (the space is important).

If you’d like to brainstorm about your ALP, just let me know. I’m happy to talk via phone, Skype; meet in the Bookhenge or F2F.

Be sure and enjoy the process and choose something that really interests you.

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