Week 1 Work

Here's the work for Week 1:

Here is the work for Week 1 of our course:

0. Watch the Introductory Video. I have outlined the overall thrust of this course.

1. Syllabus. Review the syllabus and pay close attention to the key assignments and required readings. Look over the course schedule and become familiar with the flow of the course.

2. Textbooks. You should purchase the two textbooks for the course (Primates and Fever 1793). Digital or used copies are fine. We will be using them soon.

3. Pace Commons. Use these brief tutorials to help you get started. Then, be sure to do the following: 1) create or update your profile -- be sure to include an avatar, 2) share a bookmark to something on the web you think would be of interest to me and your classmates, 3) write a blog post in which you share a memorable experience from your experience as a learner and literacy, and 4) share a photo that somehow expresses you as a reader and/or writer. For each of these pieces, use the tag: ed656week1

4. Course Readings and Response #1. Each week, you will have a set of readings to, well, read and then respond to. Your responses can be text (say, via a blog post), video, graphic images, or some other expression that addresses one a key literacy that we are exploring here. Your responses should be organized around the following set of questions: 1) what were the key themes in this set of articles, 2) what impressed you, surprised you, and/or challenged you, 3) what are you taking away from these readings (if anything) for your own teaching practice. However you post your responses, be sure to use the tag: ed656crr1

Here are the readings for this week (you can find them here):

Biancarosa, G. (2012). Adolescent literacy: More than remediation. Educational Leadership, 69(8), 22-27. (available by Google Drive)

Eppley, K. (2015). Seven traps of the Common Core State Standards. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 59(2), 207-216. (available by Google Drive)

Fang, Z. (2012). Approaches to developing content area literacies. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 52(2), 103-108.(available by Google Drive)

National Governors Association (2010). Common Core State Standards. National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington D.C. Available at http://www.corestandards.org/ (available via the web)


This work is due by Tuesday, September 11 at the end of the day.

Dive in, have fun, do great work. And shout if you need anything.


ED 656 - Fall 2018

ED 656 - Fall 2018

Here is the online home for Fall 2018.