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We have been excited about the “Connected Learning” movement for some time at the Kean University Writing Project, and our team has been thinking about how to incorporate connected learning principles into our overall Invitational Summer Institute experience for our new Teacher Consultants. I thought I would share a bit on my own entry point into this work as a way to illustrate why I think “...
Which came first?  Visual Art or Literature?  I relate more to a cave man drawing on the walls than Shakespeare writing a sonnet.  But both tell a story.  Stories throughout history have inspired visual art (Ex. The Last Supper).  But how many times have I asked my students to create a visual art piece that is an interpretation of a piece of literature?  Not very often.  grimm7.jpg...
The original posting and image can be viewed at http://dave-baroody.tumblr.com/post/60979409605/my-students-first-free-write-as-members-of-our My students’ first free-write as members of our Writers’ Workshop was in response to one of 13 quotes from famous children’s books. The quotes were collected online by the social media and technology website Mashable under the title “13 Quotes from...
Connecticut Writing Project–Fairfield to host Bridgeport students for daylong writing conference at Fairfield University  FAIRFIELD, Conn. (May 3, 2013) – The Connecticut Writing Project–Fairfield (CWP), based at Fairfield University, will welcome more than 100 Bridgeport youth in grades 8 through 12 to campus on May 21, 2013, for the first Writing Our Lives-Bridgeport conference. Sponsored in...
Kayla Martinson, Shelby Williamson, Josh Mortensen This resource approaches the following three questions: Why should students read literature in the 21st century? What qualifies as a text in the 21st century? What literature should students be reading in the 21st century? Why should students read literature in the 21st century? (image source) Reading is one of the most important intellectual...
Background Through a generous grant from a corporate sponsor, our university was able to purchase 14 iPads with iMovie, young adult literature selections for book circles, and video cameras for a book trailer project with a local middle school. A book trailer is, no surprise here, a trailer for a book in the style of a movie trailer. Search YouTube for your favorite book + "book trailer" or "...
(Response to Romance in the Classroom: Inviting Discourse on Gender and Power by Diane Waff) I could not agree more with the need for discussing and responding to gender dynamics in the classroom. I've known for a long time about the disproportionate amount of time spent on male students due to classroom management issues. I understand how in this respect female students are losing out on...
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After reading Patricia Polacco's Chicken Sunday, the kids and I made our own hat shop, and May shot this video of the play story. As the children either watched it on the camera screen (which they liked to do immediately), on the classroom computers, or at circle time, our version of Chicken Sunday gained value as a reading text.  Since  we used some of the same reading response strategies with...
childhood_s end.jpg.jpg Best known as the author of popular science fiction classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke was an inventor, an explorer, and one of the most prolific and interesting science fiction writers of the 20th century. Among his many works is Childhood's End, a novel that advances some of his major mid-century themes about humanity...
"Well, I think it gave me an opportunity to reflect on my experiences as an Asian-American, and that's something that I still struggle with and I still have to think through. I think that this book has opened up a lot of really good conversations with other people, especially other Asian-American men, about our common experiences. And that's been really good for me." So explains Gene Luen Yang,...

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