Make Cycles

graphic of class routinesYou can find our current Make Cycles here and on the Make Cycles page.


September 2020
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
August 31, 2020 September 1, 2020 September 2, 2020

All day: Discover: trace your literacies

September 3, 2020 September 4, 2020 September 5, 2020 September 6, 2020
September 7, 2020

All day: Read and Annotate in Perusall

September 8, 2020 September 9, 2020 September 10, 2020 September 11, 2020

All day: Write summary & memo

September 12, 2020 September 13, 2020

All day: Cycle 1 Make

September 14, 2020 September 15, 2020 September 16, 2020

All day: Discover: trace your quantified self

September 17, 2020 September 18, 2020 September 19, 2020 September 20, 2020

All day: Read and Annotate in Perusall

September 21, 2020 September 22, 2020 September 23, 2020 September 24, 2020 September 25, 2020

All day: Write summary & memo

September 26, 2020 September 27, 2020

All day: Cycle 2 Make

September 28, 2020 September 29, 2020 September 30, 2020

All day: Discover: literacy interviews

October 1, 2020 October 2, 2020 October 3, 2020 October 4, 2020

All day: Read and Annotate in Perusall

Week 1: Getting Situated

Week 1: Getting Situated

Getting Situated: Pre- Make Cycle (Aug 24-30; 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:

Early in the week: Aug 24-25

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-4345.
      • That’s it for now: walk though video below that explains what to do when you’re ready to do the reading this week.

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

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.

By Wednesday, Aug 26:

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.

By Sunday, Aug 30:

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)
  • By Wednesday, Aug 26: Read and comment on Lunsford and watch Baby Shark (in Perusall)  (30-40 minutes)
  • By Sunday, Aug 30: Write your introduction and response to literacy questions in Currents Community  (30-45 minutes)

So excited to work together!