Melissa and I have decided to bring together my CSE 099 (Essentials of Reading II) course and her CSZ 099 (Academic Reading Strategies) course. We have determined that the stronger of the two courses is the CSE 099. In both courses students are preparing to take the ACT in Reading at the end of the semester. However, the students in Melissa's class have already taken CSE 099, but have yet to pass the ACT (repeaters).
Our class communities will connect through the use of our Blog EZ READING CONNECTIONS (Blogger)and the text "America Now" which we have assigned to both of our classes. The text focuses on the use of technology and how it has changed the way we read and write. Students in my class have already begun to communicate with me and each other through Blogger about readings in the text. They already have a sense of providing feedback to their peers.
Melissa's CSZ students will receive a writing asignment which they must collaborate as a whole class on. (Students will be broken up into groups, responsible for a particular section of the writing assisgnment). The final product will be posted on Blogger. My CSE students will provide feedback and responses adhering to our rubric for blog posts. We will take turns with the responsibilities of assigning a task and providing feedback.