There were many changes to my department this past summer, but fortunately I have been blessed to receive a course despite the loss of many of our classes. However, on a more positive note, I am working with CSE 099 Essentials of Reading II students (aiding students in the analysis and comprehension of college level reading material through the practice of effective reading strategies). I will connecting my community with the community of CSE 110 Literacy and Propaganda (taught by Prof. Kurzyna). Both courses are using novels depicting negative utopian societies (mine "Fahrenheit 451" and his "1984"). Students using Blogger as their platform will discuss and connect similar themes across texts. Students in both courses will share elements of plot, characters and theme from their respective novel to create a common experience and understanding of the texts based on a dystopian future. One motto that I still hold to is the fact that information is useful only if it can be applied outside of the context it was learned. So, students will also be exchanging ideas that apply the connections from the novel to the society we live in today.
For my second activity, (which I'm still up in the air about in terms of platform-possibly powerpoint or google docs) students will develop a time capsule of sorts. Students will be analyzing the article "The New Literacy" which emphasizes technology as a catalyst for a literary revolution. If they could communicate a "warning message" to the future people of our society about the potential influence of technology and the importance of literature based on the connections they have made from the novel(s) to our present day what would it be. Working in groups, the capsule must include: Their letter/message to the people, a copy of F-451 and or 1984 and one piece of literature and or technology they feel will shape or have an impact on the views of this society.