Thursday, October 30, 2008

Digital Sticky Note: Literary Luminary--Due before November 12, 9 PM

We have just assigned our first digital sticky note assignment.

The Duval County Technology Standards require that : Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences. and students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.

So, we're starting with something small: one response, identifying and explaining the effectiveness of a literary technique in the book you are currently reading. Here are the directions we shared in class:

1. Read your book and find an example of a literary technique. (You can still use an actual sticky note for this part.)
2. In a Word document (or any word processing program), type your title, author, and page number. Then, type the passage and response. Use your spell check tool and review your work for content errors.
3. Go to the response blog: Then, select the response post for your class. Click on the “comments” link.
4. Paste your passage and response in the box.
5. Under the “choose an identity” heading, select the Name/URL button. Enter your first name, last initial, and class period. Ex: Bethany T, 1A
6. Then, click the orange “publish your comment” button.

Your response will then be saved (but not visible on the blog) until one of the ELA teachers "approves" it and publishes it. Most responses will be published within 24 hours. You will receive your grade later in class. You will be graded on
  • the insightfulness of your response,
  • the accuracy of the literary technique you've identified,
  • mechanical correctness/spelling (proofreading), and
  • correctly formatting your response.

If you do not have access to the internet or to a computer, please see your teacher for a pass to use one of our computers in the morning or you may stay after on Monday, November 3rd to use a computer. Some class time will be offered for completing the response as well.

We look forward to reading our first paperless assignment!