Individual students will:
  • Keep up with the reading schedule to enhance and support our learning community through regular round table conversations and content quizzes.
  • Come prepared to inquire and wonder about the novel.
    • Round Table Conversations: in order to ensure that blog entries are not on the same content, and are thoughtful and insightful, groups will meet to discuss each topic.
      • Conversations may be recorded with your laptop, orchestrated using VoiceThread, or recorded in some other fashion that will allow you to document, post, and refer back to your conversations.
      • Requirements for posted conversations are ongoing so please stay tuned for details.
  • Create blog entries that will demonstrate unique ideas, thoughtful connections, prompts, questions, discoveries etc.
    • Blog Posts: each individual group member is responsible for writing one post per topic.  Entries should be 300-400 words.
          1. Literary Connections to Other Texts
          2. Theme
          3. Characterization
          4. Connections to Political Systems
          5. Connections to Economic Systems
          6. Conflict
          7. Setting
          8. Film Study 
          9. Freebie
    • Use Twitter to share their observations, ideas, wonderings and more outside of round-table conversations (at least 1/day)
      • Tweets: all group members will be expected to tweet regularly under their group's hashtag to contribute thought provoking ideas, questions, and the like outside of round table conversations.
    • Comment an average of 3 times per week on other student-group blogs, other than their own, over the duration of the inquiry
      • Provide thoughtful, well-written reactions that will invite others to leave comments (or even inspire blog entries of their own)
    • Contribute at least 1 comment on each of the other student-group blogs from your pod during the project's duration (a record in your personal Google Doc would help to organize this)
    • Support his/her team ‘editor’ (a role that rotates every week)
    • Use and reference the Internet appropriately (in MLA format) — including the content / value of all entries, links, comments, and behind-the-scenes administration of the web site itself
    • Sign up for relevant web collaboration tool accounts (when necessary)
    • Submit a final response detailing what they have learned through this project, and how they personally enhanced and supported their learning community. 
         ‘Editors’ will:

    • Each student in the group will be required to be the 'editor' for one week during the project
    • Maintain the team’s blog during the length of one week
    • Monitor the group's Twitter feed so it is not being abused
    • Support individual requests re: the publication of their entries, the validity of their content, and any wishes they have re: the actual web site itself
    • Collaborate with Mrs. Waite & Ms. Groeller re: the publication of all links and comments, and any troubleshooting that may be neccesary
    • Encourage team members to maintain regular participation
    • Keep an accurate team Google Docs record (i.e a spreadsheet) of all team members’ contributions to-date
    Teams will:
    • Successfully create a blog that demonstrates insight and analysis re: House of the Scorpion
    • Create a unique name and look for the blog by the end of the project (without it becoming a distraction in terms of the quality / analysis of content that is published)
    • Use at least 2 web collaboration tools (beyond the blog and Google Docs) to demonstrate a unique way to share knowledge / discoveries
    • Use class time in an appropriate manner at all times
    • Present to the class on 2 occasions what has been ‘learned’ and what has been ‘created’: 1) sometime during the process and 2) on the final submission day
    Mrs. Waite & Ms. Groeller will:
    • Create a working web site to house the project (the one that you are at now)
    • Create a manageable reading calendar
    • Create a classroom / work environment that will allow students to successfully work as teams and complete the overall project
    • Provide behind-the-scenes technology support (and advice)
    • Share the student-groups’ work / projects with professional educators and related colleagues

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