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

Make Cycle 1

Make Cycle 1

picture of collage of peopleWeeks 2 & 3: Aug 31-Sept 13

Make Cycle 1: Our Literate Selves

In this cycle we will carefully trace our literate lives for a few days and we’ll read our first research article about literacy to support our guiding question this semester:

what counts as literacy and whose literacy counts?

Our weekly tasks in a nutshell below with full explanations right after. I’ll also share weekly videos on our course website that I hope explain the tasks as well. We’ll repeat this routine for each make cycle all semester: discover, read, write, make.

In a nutshell for Make Cycle 1:

  • Wednesday, Sept 2: Discover: Trace your literacies. (post in Currents Community)
  • Monday, Sept 7: Read: David Kirkland’s “The Skin We Ink: Tattoos, Literacy, and a New English Education” (comment/annotate in Perusall)
  • Friday, Sept 11: Write: Summary of Kirkland & Memo: what do we notice from our data collection (post in Currents Community)
  • Sunday, Sept 13: Make: Create an artifact that represents an idea from this make cycle (post in Currents Community). See some suggestions below, but really really really…what you make is totally up to you.

Sites you’ll need each week:

Link to Perusall

Link to our Currents Community (remember you need to be logged into your Chico State account)

Full explanation of tasks:

By Wednesday, Sept 2

Trace your literacies: As best you can, keep track of your reading and writing for 2 days between Aug 25-Sept 1. This will be challenging. You might keep track by taking a photo every time you switch from one literate task to a new one: from email to reading for class to posting on Instagram. Or you might keep a journal handy. As you’re tracing what you read and write, keep some notes about purpose and the context in which the reading and/or writing is situated (on the couch, in your room, at a desk). Try to keep track of time, the kind of device you use (are you reading/writing on a tablet–what about audio books or podcasts; do those count as reading?–phone, laptop, book, paper…) etc.

Share your notes in some format in our Currents Community: you could copy & paste your notes, take a photo of your journal/notebook and upload, some other way I have not thought of… our goal: share our data so we can see each other’s notes.

Post in the category Make Cycle 1: Discover

By Monday, Sept 7 (not Sunday this week because of labor day; typically the reading is due Sundays)

photo of tattoo that says the journey is the rewardDavid Kirkland’s “The Skin We Ink: Tattoos, Literacy, and a New English Education” (in Perusall)

Literacy is most often made acceptable—even standardized—when serving dominant group interests and unacceptable—stigmatized—when encouraging the perspectives of the socially marginal.–Kirkland

Annotate/comment on this article in Perusall. Questions, confusions, places you find interesting, links that relate to the ideas in the article, etc. This reading will take about 60-90 minutes to read and annotate.

By Friday, Sept 11

This writing calls for three parts:

  1. Write a short (2-3 paragraph) summary of Kirkland’s text: what are some key claims? Which ideas do you find interesting or puzzling? Grab a quote you like from the text OR grab a quote that is confusing and put it somewhere in your summary (opening, in the middle, at the end). I’d like to see as a class which quotes we find interesting.
  2. Then, read through your notes from tracing your literacies. Consider the following questions:
    How did you decide what to keep track of? What questions emerged as you tried to decide what to record? What did you learn about your reading and writing habits from tracing those two days? What was left out? Do you think what you decided to trace is a representation of you as a reader/writer? Reflect on what you learned from tracing your literacies.
  3. Finally, look through the notes from your peers in our Currents Community: What do you notice about your peers’ notes? What literacy categories emerge? What literate activities take up the most time? What counts as literacy? How do their traces of literacies compare with yours? If this was a sample data set, what would be say about how literacy is used in our cultures?

Share this writing in our Currents Community in the category Make Cycle 1: Summary & Memo. You can also share a link to a Google Doc in a Currents post if you prefer. Make sure the share settings are “anyone can comment.” Thinking this will take a couple hours. 2-3 pages.

Here are a couple of examples of the memo from previous semesters (the portion from #2 above):


By Sunday, Sept 13

picture of student workMake:
Create an artifact that represents an idea from this make cycle. You have total control over what you create for our makes in each Make Cycle. Some ideas:

  • Write a reflection about your “day in the literate life …” (blog or short video)
  • Create a short film: alternating some day-in-the-life style video perhaps with some narrative and images from you. I would keep this under 2 minutes.
  • Make a piece of art
  • Write slam poetry, poem, or original song
  • Curate a Spotify playlist: what do your day to day literacies sound like?
  • Design a game: imagine a gaming experience for us that immerses the player into your daily literacies
  • Make something: you might have another idea

Share links, upload images, or write responses in our Currents Community in the category Make Cycle 1: Makes. You’ll also write a brief reflection about the make: what was your intention with this make? what were you trying to convey? what worked? what didn’t? Post your reflection with the link, image, or text of your make in our Currents Community.

NOTE: if you want to share a film, you’ll need to upload to YouTube or Google Drive and share the link. This will take 1-3 hours depending on what you make.

Super excited to see what you make!