Session 3 Update: The Promise and Peril of Young Adult Literature

16 06 2011

Just wait until you see the creativity and innovation expressed in our class’s Action Learning Projects. I’ve learned about almost all of them by now, and you couldn’t not ask for a more diverse, interesting collection of inquiry questions and accompanying projects about learning through literature with young adults. From students trying their hand at nonfiction photojournalism to teaching for social justice, each one will make a big contribution to our collective learning. And ECI 521 classes to come – you’ve seen how we can learn so much from past projects.

Please do be sure to register your project at Action Learning Project Synthesis and update your progress. We can help each other out by tweeting or by adding to Zotero or Diigo any articles you find that might be helpful to others.

Share resources -- contribute to others' success!

Do consider giving Zotero a go as a research management tool. If it’s just not working on your machine, then no problem – Diigo will serve you well. I’d just feel better if you took this opportunity to learn a tool that can serve you well through your papers to come. See #3 below for a review of Diigo and Zotero.

Heads-Up — Session 2 Synthesis: Guiding Principles and Neglecting Nonfiction Never” is posted to the Course Blog

Topics:

1. Session 3: The Promise and Peril of Young Adult Literature — 06/16/2011 – 06/22/2011
2. Genre Book Clubs Process & Product
3. Diigo for Bookmarking & Tweeting /Zotero for Lit Review Lites
4. Neil Gaiman – LIVE on UStream – Tuesday, June 21, 4 pm

1. Session 3: The Promise and Peril of Young Adult Literature — 06/16/2011 – 06/22/2011

In Session 3, we’ll have three Essential Questions:

What is Young Adult Literature?
How is Young Adult Literature evolving?
What is the promise and peril of Young Adult Literature?

Here’s a synthesis of all of the assignments for the session – you’ll also find these in the Syllabus and on the Course Calendar:

Please note that I’ve monitored and adjusted the dates so there’s a bit more time to complete your ALP Proposal, Lit Review Lite, commenting on blogs, and book club responses.

Lit Review Lite may be completed as a draft by Friday, June 18, and I will respond so you can incorporate into your Action Learning Project due Monday, June 20, 11:59 pm. If you’re feeling confident, then Monday, June 20, 11:59 pm is fine for both to be completed.

Action Items:

• Complete “Promise and Peril” Collaborative Critical Inquiry — read, blog, tag & tweet, participate in Second Life (Blog, Twitter, Second Life). Read and blog by Mon. June 20, 8 am. Comment by Tues, June 21, class time.
• Complete Graphica Genre Bookclub — read, discuss, create multimedia response or live performance, publish multimedia response, include on each member’s blog, tag and tweet, present at LIVE Class (Second Life, choice of digital tools). Post multimedia response to blogs by Tuesday, Jun 21, noon and tweet the news.
• Complete “Radical Change” Graphica Collaborative Critical Inquiry– read, blog, tag & tweet, participate in Second Life (Blog, Twitter, Second Life). Read and blog by Mon., June 20, 8 am. Comment by Tues., June 21, class time.
• Meaningfully participate in LIVE Class on Tues., June 21, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
• Review and reflect upon your work this week in your RAP (Reflective Assessment Process). Complete by Wed., June 22, 11:59 pm
• Stone Soup — Generous sharing of connections made, articles, research, resources, etc. via Twitter, Diigo, Zotero, blogging and commenting . . .

Heads-up: Plan ahead to complete Action Learning Project by Wed., June 28, 11:59 pm.

2. Genre Book Clubs Process & Product
Three book clubs are in various stages of formation. If you’ve not joined one, then please make your choice and contact the facilitator of each club:
Runaways Book Club – Blakely @lordblakely (Amber and Matt)
Stitches – Kendra @timberlake_k (Ali, Hannah, and Susie)
Ghostapolis – Jenny @jennylomelino (Frances and Will)

Plan to read the book, discuss with club in a Second Life meeting, and collaboratively produce a multimedia project or live performance or combination for class, Tues., June 21, 7:00 pm. Again, if you have a multimedia component that you need “loaded” for the Bookhenge, make sure to post it to your blog and tweet by noon on Tuesday so I can get it ready before class.

3. Diigo for Bookmarking & Tweeting /Zotero for Lit Review Lites
Here’s where those Dr. Seuss-like named tools come in. When I find something relevant to share, I bookmark it in Diigo and tweet it from there in one smooth motion.

Bookmark and Tweet

For more formal articles that might be used for a Lit Review Lite, I’d opt for Zotero because it provides the citation information. Btw This is a fascinating article about the neuroscience of stories and empathy – two of Dan Pink’s elements of creativity.

Beats 3 X 5 cards

4. Neil Gaiman – LIVE on UStream – Tuesday, June 21, 4 pm
Gaiman will be talking about the tenth anniversary edition of his American Gods, the first-ever One Book-One Twitter selection

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