Book Club Spring 2014 Teaching Collective Assignment

"We are conduits for ideas, we are agents of change." Alice Bag www.alicebag.com #earthday

“We are conduits for ideas, we are agents of change.”
Alice Bag http://www.alicebag.com #earthday

With your book club teaching collective, you will create a group blog about your book club book which your group will have 20 minutes to present in class on Tuesday March 18.

Each blog should include, among other content

WHY your group would like the author to visit Ventura College (for example, on Earth Day 2014). Why would you like to meet the author? What would you want the author to discuss or do? What questions would you like to ask the author? In addition to our class, what other classes do you think would benefit? Who else would enjoy hearing the author?

Your group will have an hour of class time in the lab to get this going on Tuesday March 11, then you will have ALL of class time to meet and work on it on Thursday March 13. Please reach out to members of your Book Club about how you are managing this project.

Note: you may join a book club of students in the “other” class.

Each member of the blog is responsible for publishing at least ONE blog post/page.

Each blog should include the following kinds of content (listed below). This content can be used for TP#8 which is a longer TP about your book club book (you may use your in class writing from last Thursday March 6 as a draft; you may also integrate content from previous TPs). This TP will be turned in on Tuesday March 18 along with a typed process analysis about how your group worked together, strategized, and accomplished this assignment. (RonW#9 is also due on Tuesday March 18).

Each blog should include

1) WHY your group would like the author to visit Ventura College. Why would you like to meet the author? What would you want the author to discuss or do? What questions would you like to ask the author? In addition to our class, what other classes do you think would benefit? Who else would enjoy hearing the author?

2) Author Biography (photo/s, links to wiki page, web site etc)

3) Geography related to book (maps, bus routes, major landmarks etc)

4) Book Review

5) Analysis

6) personal narrative

7) commentary/links to video/s related to the book

8) commentary/links to reviews/press about the book

9) discussion somewhere about how the book is structured

10) discussion about the argument of the book; why this book is important to read

Note: you will get an individual grade on your book club TP and process analysis, and a group grade on your blog and presentation.

TEACHING COLLECTIVE

With the assistance and direction of the instructor, students will form groups with 4-8 students in each group based on mutual interest. Students will work in these groups during selected classes reading and responding to reading responses, developing the group blog, organizing the group presentation and argument. Students may need to meet outside of class as well and coordinate by email, phone, facebook, google docs, twitter etc.

Each “Teaching Collective” will select, research, organize, and present a class lecture/discussion related to their Book Club Book. The collective will be graded collectively and be responsible to teach the class the assigned day in an organized, thoughtful, imaginative way.  Prepare for 20 minutes. Use the group blog for your presentation. Post videos, slide shows, and other materials including a book review. Each group member is expected to contribute materials to the group blog on the topic including group posts and individual ones.

In addition to a title, each blog needs an about page with information about the blog and each author on it with links to the authors’ blogs, a post or page from each group member, and a post or page with a review of the book club book (and other content as listed above). These posts can be brief but should have 1-3 paragraphs (350-700 or more words; this post has 650). These posts can also be drawn from reading responses and other course materials.

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