Reading together

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Instructions for joining on the Assignments page.



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Time photoOur course invites you to work with data collection and analysis, readings, and discussion around the field of literacy studies

Article Groups

Article Groups

Article Groups (30 points for leading; 25 points for participating)

(gaming literacies, make/hack/play literacies, language & literacies, social justice, digital ethics)

various due dates

During the semester, we’ve previewed some of the current ideas in literacy studies by looking at our literacies and the literacies of others. The article group work gives us an opportunity to do two things: 1) read more deeply in an area of literacy studies; and 2) have some choice over this reading and the work.

You’ll sign up for an article group here (link here), which is already populated with lots of resources. Your group will decide how you want to read (some things in common? Divide up some of the reading? Find other texts?).

Groups will design a learning experience for our class based on your area of study. You must engage us in active learning—we have to be doing something. No serial lectures. We’ll help each other design the workshops.

Planning for Workshops: Ideas to Consider

  • What do you want us to learn about? Which of the concepts or ideas from your article group reading stood out for your group? What takeaways would you want us to have? Brainstorm tonight a key concept or idea you’d like us to consider.
  • You might think about this task as something akin to creating a lesson plan for a class activity. So, you might consider:
    • do you need any materials? Post-its, pens, other things? (Kim will grab anything you might need)
    • what about timing? Plan out the 45 minutes in segments perhaps.
    • who in your group is leading which portion of the plan? Does everyone have a role (perhaps someone creates slides or creates a resource instead of talking in front of the class, for example)?
    • do you need some slides to orient the presentation?
  • What do you want us to do? How might we engage in the ideas in addition to you telling us about the ideas? Some suggestions:
    • Ask us to do some writing to get us into the ideas you are presenting (a quick write, perhaps)
    • Ask us to read or watch a short portion of a text. We could discuss ideas with a partner or small group
    • Ask us to problem solve an idea in small groups and share out
    • Set up stations with a few activities to try around the room
    • Use Pear Deck to engage us in your presentation
  • Curate a resource for us: a “starter kit” of some of the most useful texts your group read. Example of a resource I often create for participants here. Yours might not be as lengthy, but you could include a link to any slides, some readings or other useful links. And here are some example slides too.

*Article Group Participation: it is important that we are good colleagues for our peers, so please plan to not only present with your group, but also participate during other groups’ workshops. 25 points total.