Make Cycles

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

Calendar

November 2020
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
October 26, 2020 October 27, 2020 October 28, 2020

All day: Discover: school literacies

October 29, 2020 October 30, 2020 October 31, 2020 November 1, 2020
November 2, 2020

All day: Read and Annotate in Perusall

November 3, 2020

All day: VOTE as if your life depends on it!

November 4, 2020 November 5, 2020 November 6, 2020

All day: Write summary & memo

November 7, 2020 November 8, 2020

All day: Cycle 5 Make

November 9, 2020

All day: Your Research

November 10, 2020

All day: Your Research

November 11, 2020

All day: Your Research

November 12, 2020

All day: Your Research

All day: Watch video in Perusall

November 13, 2020

All day: Your Research

November 14, 2020

All day: Your Research

November 15, 2020

All day: Your Research

All day: Share some data

November 16, 2020

All day: Your Research

November 17, 2020

All day: Your Research

November 18, 2020

All day: Your Research

November 19, 2020

All day: Your Research

November 20, 2020

All day: Your Research

All day: Share insights about ethnography

November 21, 2020 November 22, 2020
November 23, 2020

All day: Thanksgiving Break

November 24, 2020

All day: Thanksgiving Break

November 25, 2020

All day: Thanksgiving Break

November 26, 2020

All day: Thanksgiving Break

November 27, 2020

All day: Thanksgiving Break

November 28, 2020 November 29, 2020
November 30, 2020

All day: Literacy: The Game

All day: Mini Ethnography: full draft due

December 1, 2020

All day: Literacy: The Game

December 2, 2020

All day: Literacy: The Game

December 3, 2020

All day: Literacy: The Game

December 4, 2020

All day: Literacy: The Game

December 5, 2020

All day: Literacy: The Game

December 6, 2020

All day: Literacy: The Game

Make Cycle 5

Make Cycle 5

art by Ashley Penning
Art by Ashley Penning aka She Wolf
https://www.ashleypenning.com/

Weeks 10 & 11: Oct 26 – Nov 8

Make Cycle 5: Our Schooled Literacies in the Now Times

Tasks in a Nutshell (longer descriptions below)

  • By Wednesday, Oct 28: Discover: school literacies (share notes in Currents Community)
  • By Monday, Nov 2 (OMG, the election is the next day): Read: student examples of literacy research (annotate in Perusall)
  • By Friday, Nov 6: Write: Memo: exploring schooled literacies and plans for research (share writing in Currents Community)
  • By Sunday, Nov 8: Make: Create an artifact that represents an idea from this make cycle (share in Currents Community)


By Wednesday, Oct 28:

Discover: 

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the new literacy demands being placed on faculty and students in the shift to fully online educational spaces. It seems like we have an opportunity here to inform faculty and students about how our literacies are being impacted. For data collection/discovery this week, how about we capture some data about all the platforms you are asked to use this semester? I am certain if you are taking this class with me that you have at least 4 platforms that you need to keep track of: Blackboard, my website, Currents, and Perusall. I am sure you have many more to add to that list. Honestly, I’ll be the first to say that I’m not convinced that we should be worried too much about the amount of platforms. I don’t want all the classes to look the same: that’s just school to me. I want my class to look like my discipline and support what students learn, in this case, about literacy studies. I don’t think my friend in chemistry, Dr. Lisa Ott, should have a class that looks identical in Blackboard: her chemistry class and my English class should look different and offer up different ways for students to participate in our fields. But, I also recognize that we are all asked to learn a lot quickly right now and to manage our work processes in ways we’ve never done. So, what’s that look like for you? What are you being asked to use and why in your various classes?

Let’s share the range of platforms you are using for classes and reflect on the literacies that are required to use them. Create a list, explain the purpose of the tool or platform, and share how it works for you. (post in Currents per usual)


By Monday, Nov 2: (extra day for reading in case you need a moment for Halloween weekend scary movie watching. I’ll be watching Shaun of the Dead.)

Read: 

I’m going to put student research central to our reading this week. We’ll read examples of the Mini Ethnography assignment from Miguel, Morgan, and Orion who took this class with me last fall. The examples are their first drafts with my feedback. Start by reading over the assignment below–Mini Ethnography–that is due in late November. We’ll start work on data collection for your project in the next couple of weeks. Once you’ve read over the assignment, then jump over to Perusall and read how these students approached this assignment.

Think about how they are addressing the assignment and the questions about literacy (see below) from the assignment. Comment in Perusall on places where you think Miguel, Morgan, and Orion are doing a good job meeting the goals of the assignment. You can also comment on their ideas, how they collected data, and you can ask questions about the assignment on their drafts as well.


By Friday, Nov 6:

Write: 

Memo: exploring schooled literacies and plans for research (share writing in Currents Community).

I would appreciate reading a narrative about how the semester is going for you, particularly as it relates to literacy. What are you expected to do with reading and writing this semester? How is the online design shaping your reading and writing practices? What new things have you had to learn? What new ways of working have you figured out? What are you learning (about content in your classes or about trying to do online schooling)?

Then, write a bit about any ideas you might have for the mini-ethnography assignment. What group might you study? (a workplace? an online gaming community? a group or club you belong to?) What questions do you have about the assignment?


By Sunday, Nov 8:

Make: Create an artifact that represents an idea from this make cycle (share in Currents Community).

How might you use this Make to reflect on the semester so far? Or, how might you use the Make to make suggestions to faculty about plans for next semester? You might check out Miguel’s video from early this semester as he walked us through his courses and the way he structures his work in the now times. You might consider capturing your screen as a walkthrough of your day in a similar way. You might consider a Make that represents what’s going well and what needs work this semester. You could write an open letter to your faculty or to your family…how are you doing? What are you learning? Are there any happy outcomes to this new way of doing school?

You might consider using Adobe Spark, which allows you to embed YouTube videos, images, text, etc.


Mini Ethnography (READ THIS BEFORE HEADING OVER TO COMMENT ON MIGUEL, MORGAN, AND ORION’S DRAFTS)
Google Doc shared with kjaxon@mail.csuchico.edu
Due: various due dates for notes/data collection during weeks 12 & 13. Draft due Nov 30; Revision due Final’s week
75 pts

Choose a group whose literacy practices you want to learn more about. The group can be a group that meets face-to-face or it can be an online group. Describe and analyze how reading and writing operates within the group. Use our readings and our discussions to guide your use of terms and concepts.

Begin by closely observing your group for a week. Take copious field notes. Do interviews (online or in person with a mask and social distancing in place) if appropriate and record and/or transcribe them. You often don’t know what’s an important detail until later. Then read and reread your notes, noticing what seems most important or interesting. Focus in on making a claim about your group, a claim that might consider (but not be limited by) the following questions:

  • What “work” does literacy do in the group?
  • How is literacy learning sponsored?
  • What genres are used? Why? To what extent is new media a component of the work?
  • What does “literacy” in this group look like? What is its purpose?
  • What is the role of literacy for newcomers? How does literacy facilitate or inhibit membership in the group? What role does literacy play in leadership? How does literacy support a structure of the group? To what degree is the group’s organization hierarchical or egalitarian (or in between)? How does literacy create, support, or maintain that organization?

Your mini-ethnography should be 4-6 pages long (some may grow longer and that’s fine) and include generous literacy examples from the group you are studying. The best ethnographies will use our readings to support their analysis.

Resources for data collection:

Interview Protocol

Data Matrix (helps to match research questions to data collection)

Examples from last fall:

Morgan’s “Dungeons and Dragons and Identity, Oh My!”

Miguel’s “Discovering Through Play: Minecraft’s Interactive Game Design & Multimodal Literacies”

Orion’s “Literacies of Autism’s sub/Reddit Community”

Bella’s “Rave Ethnography”