Literature Circle Blogs

           

Welcome to our Literature Circle Blogs Project!  The following page is "home base" for our project.  You'll find instructions, assignments, due dates, and anything else we might need to get this project off the ground.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me in class, via email, on our FB page, or through the comments section at the bottom.

REMEMBER: This project is in DEVELOPMENT MODE.  That means we need to be willing to try new things, discuss issues when they come up, and be flexible when things don't work exactly like we planned.








WHY BLOG?

The idea behind this project is to take collaboration, reading, and technology to a new level.  According to The Sloan Consortium's recent study, "Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online
Courses in the United States",  the number of students taking higher education courses online is increasing exponentially.  Two key findings from the study are:
  • Over 6.7 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2011 term, an increase of 570,000 students over the previous year.
  • Thirty-two percent of higher education students now take at least one course online.
It is, in my opinion, extremely likely that all students will eventually take at least one online class during their higher education experience.  Collaborating and discussing literature online is a great way to prepare for this inevitability.  In life, we often share ideas and have conversations with people when we are not face-to-face. This form of communication is not only in our personal lives, but also in the workplace.  








From simple emails to large corporate projects, people are often working synchronously and asynchronously without being in the same room, or even the same country, for that matter!  



WHY BOOKS?

Well, for one, this IS for English class.  But more importantly, I want my students to read.  And when I say read, I mean read outside of class.  On your own time.  With books YOU have chosen.  
According
to the National Endowments of the Arts' recent study,
2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts

More than half of American adults read a work of literature or a book (fiction or nonfiction) not required for work or school.  However, adult's rates of literary reading (novels or short stories, poetry, and plays) dropped back to 2002 levels (from 50 percent in 2008 to 47 percent in 2012).

My goal is to include you in this group of American adults who read for pleasure.  I want you to pick up a book, or three, and read.  Instead of watching TV, Facebooking, Snapchatting (Is this even a word?), or whatever else people do during their free time, I would love to see you reading a book.  It doesn't even have to be a paper book!  It can be electronic.  I have a Nook and I love it!  You can even read a book on your phone!