Reading together

Perusall logoWe’ll use Perusall to annotate and read together. Link here to Perusall.

Instructions for joining on the Week 1: Getting Situated page.

Writing together

We will our work in Currents to share and respond to ideas. Link Here (log in to Wildcat Mail first)

Instructions for joining on the Week 1: Getting Situated page.

Week 1: Getting Situated

Week 1: Getting Situated

Getting Situated: Pre- Make Cycle (Jan 25 & 27; week 1)

I am ready to start working together this semester! Please email me with any questions if you get stuck on any of these tasks. Happy to help anytime:

Here’s a quick check list for the tasks below (you can find the full instructions as you keep reading).

Monday/Tuesday (if possible):

  1. Bookmark our course website
  2. Join Perusall
  3. Join Currents Community
  4. Take this welcome survey: link here

Before class on Wednesday:

  1. Read and annotate in Perusall.
  2. Write introduction and respond to a prompt about literacy in Currents.

Early in the week: 

We’ll meet MW 4:00-5:15 each week this semester; I’ll send Zoom link to your Wildcat Mail. Our goal this week is to join accounts, get situated, do some reading and annotating and end the week with some introductions and initial thoughts about literacy.

Up first: Bookmark site and join two accounts: Perusall and Currents Community

1) Bookmark our course website so you can find it easily this semester (optional; just might make your life easier). Quick (40 second) video how-to here:

2) perusall iconJoin Perusall to find and comment on our course readings. Instructions here:

      • Go to, click Login, and then either log in using your Facebook, Twitter, or Google account, or create an account using your email address and password.
      • Select I am a student and enter our course code JAXON-VE872.
      • That’s it for now. (Walkthrough video below too if you’re interested in how we’ll use Perusall)

3) Join Currents CommunityIMPORTANT: you must be logged into your Chico State portal/google drive to join our community. Our Currents Community is only open to people in the Chico State domain. Instructions here:

image of Chico State webpage

      • Log in with your Chico State credentials
      • Once logged in, click on our Currents Community Link here<—
      • You should see a page that looks something like this (not exactly, but close):
        screen shot of the join page for Currents Community
      • Look for Join button on the left and join.

Trouble shooting: If for some reason you do not see the community, and instead, the link goes to a start page for Currents, it might be that your browser is still recognizing another/different account (even though you think you’ve logged in with Chico State). Try a different browser (like Firefox instead of Chrome, or Safari, etc). Or, restart your computer so it clears the login and try again. Let me know if that doesn’t work: Don’t stress. I’ll help. ;-) And thank you!

We’ll do most of our writing and sharing in our Currents Community this semester. NOTE: You can set your preferences for receiving updates from Currents by clicking on the three small dots in the upper left corner. You can tell Currents not to send you an email every time someone posts (this is great as the instructor, but could be annoying as a student). Here is a 20 sec video to show you how to set notifications.

Before class on Wednesday, Jan 27:

Read and comment on Lunsford’s “Our Semi-Literate Youth? Not So Fast” and watch the Baby Shark video. Both of these texts are in Perusall. I also uploaded an audio file of the Lunsford article if you want to listen to me read to you on a walk or a drive or while folding laundry. ;-)

    • We will comment on the Lunsford text in Perusall. If you want, you can also add comments to the Baby Shark video. In terms of these comments/annotations, I created a short video below so you can see what I’m hoping we’ll do together with the readings this semester. In a nutshell, we are working more like I work with colleagues when we read together: we are reading and sharing comments together. Some readings you’ll have more to say than others, but I hope you see the comments as a generous act for our community: you can pose a question, link to something an idea reminds you of, try to summarize a challenging sentence or section, define a term, etc. I also really appreciate when we respond to other people’s comments, perhaps engaging in a dialogue or trying to answer someone’s question.

Also, before class on Wednesday:

Write introductions and initial thoughts about literacy (see prompts below). Post in Currents Community under the “Introductions & Literacy” category. See how to video below.

This writing has two parts (or feel free to upload a video where you introduce yourself and talk through the ideas instead):

Write an introduction: who are you? why are you here? how are you doing in the now times? what are your interests? what are you watching, reading, listening to? No need to answer all of this; just a way to get to know each other. Would love it if you would add a picture! Could be of your favorite place, a pet, you, whatever you’re comfortable with.

Then, after watching the Baby Shark video, think through these questions and write a response: If this is the future of literacy–interaction with devices through verbal or visual forms–what are the implications for future literacies? Are we returning to an oral, storytelling, culture? How are you communicating with friends and family (emojis, text, GIFs, videos, pictures, all of these things)? How do material forms, like screens, change our literacies and what we’re expected to do with them? What’s up with hashtags, emojis, and GIFs? What uses do we have for various forms of literacy? What counts as literacy and whose literacies count? At this moment, how would you define literacy? Again, suggested questions; no need to answer them all.

Week 1: Things to do in a nutshell:

  • Soon (early in the first week):
    • Check out our course website and bookmark the site (read the syllabus and look over assignments) (approx time: 30 seconds to bookmark site; 15 minutes to look over website)
    • Join Perusall (<5 minutes)
    • Join Currents Community (and set your notifications to off so you don’t get an email every time someone posts) (<5 minutes)
    • Take survey (<15 min)
  • Before class on Wednesday, Jan 27:
    • Read and comment on Lunsford and watch Baby Shark (in Perusall)  (30-40 minutes)
    • Write your introduction and respond to literacy questions in Currents Community (30-45 minutes)

So excited to work together!

Slides from Day 1: Jan 25

Slides from Day 2: Jan 27