and support the learning community by keeping up with the reading
schedule and making valuable contributions to round table conversations
and litspiration challenges using supporting details from the novel.
Create blog entries that will demonstrate unique ideas, thoughtful connections, prompts, questions, discoveries etc.
Blog Posts: each individual group member is responsible for writing one post per topic. Entries should be 300-400 words and demonstrate academic excellence. Individual posts must be published to each member's personal litspiration blog.
Connections to Real World Issues
and reference the Internet appropriately (in MLA format) — including
the content / value of all entries, links, comments, and
behind-the-scenes administration of the web site itself
Submit a final response detailing what they have learned through this project, and how they personally enhanced and supported their learning community.
Come prepared to inquire and wonder about the novel.
Round Table Conversations: in order to ensure that literary analysis is thoughtful and insightful, groups will meet to discuss each topic.
may be recorded with your laptop, orchestrated using VoiceThread, or
recorded in some other fashion that will allow you to document, post,
and refer back to your conversations.
Your goal as a team is to help each other develop your ideas and take your analysis deeper. Ask questions, listen and consider.
Complete the assigned litspiration challenges creatively and in a way that demonstrates a thoughtful consideration of the novel.
Litspiration Challenges: each group is responsible for completing three litspiration challenges: setting, theme & characterization.
Challenges should be rigorous, thoughtful, demonstrate close reading
through the incorporation of supporting details, and be a product of
For example: Character Playlist & Cast the Novel challenges would both enable you to explore characterization.
Successfully create a blog that demonstrates insight and analysis re: House of the Scorpion
a unique name and look for the blog by the end of the project (without
it becoming a distraction in terms of the quality / analysis of content
that is published)
at least 2 web collaboration tools (beyond the blog and Google Docs) to
demonstrate a unique way to share knowledge / discoveries
Use class time in an appropriate manner at all times
to the class on 2 occasions what has been ‘learned’ and what has been
‘created’: 1) sometime during the process and 2) on the final submission
Mrs. Waite & Ms. Groeller will:
Create a working web site to house the project (the one that you are at now)
Create a manageable reading calendar
Create a classroom / work environment that will allow students to successfully work as teams and complete the overall project
Provide behind-the-scenes technology support (and advice)
Share the student-groups’ work / projects with professional educators and related colleagues