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Research Studies and Response Journals
Due: Week 4
The first assignment will be to research different seminal studies in your area of literacy. To do this you will do Google searches about your topic. You will also need to enter the National Society for the Study of Education website. This website has documented many useful studies in the area of literacy. Another website you will be required to go to is the History of Literacy (HOL) website. Use these two links of tips and notes to help you navigate the HOL website.This site contains useful information about literacy and has information about important concepts in literacy, ground breaking research studies, and influential people in literacy. The International Reading Association, Greater San Diego Reading Association, and California Reading Association are also useful sites that contain lots of information that will help you in your research. These sites are dedicated to helping teachers become better literacy educators. Other sites you might want to go to are the San Diego State Library and the Public Library. If there are other educational sites that you know of that have related literacy information, please share them with your group members and with the rest of the class.
In the group, each member must read at least two seminal studies. As you read these studies you must individually keep a journal. The requirements for these journal responses include:
Once you have read your two studies please share your findings with your group. These studies should cover an historical period from the mid-1900s until today. In total your group should have read at least eight to ten studies in your area of literacy. Of course there are many more studies related to your topic and as a teacher you should always be reading these to help you become a better teacher. Each person in the group should have a copy of all eight to ten studies.
After the groups have shared their information with all members, they will jigsaw into new groups. To do this the original group members will count off from 1 through 4. Then all of the 1s will get together, all of the 2s will get together, and so on until there are four new groups. Each new group should have one person from each literacy section. In this new group please discuss the seminal studies that have been read by your original group members. Discuss the importance of these studies, how they have developed a topical understanding over time, why you think the class should read them, and how they have impacted current day literacy instruction.
After each new group has met, the class will come back together as a whole and discuss what has been read and how it has helped build your knowledge of literacy education.
Biography of Important Literacy Educators
Due: Week 7
This assignment is an individual assignment. To complete this assignment you must choose two people (one contemporary and one from the past) from the list of notable literacy educators. I have created a word document chart that includes many notable educators from all four sections of literacy.
First click on the Notable Educators link that I have provided and then download the document. Once you have done this, print a copy for each person in your group. Once each group member has chosen two people from the list, you will need to find information about each person. The requirements for this research are:
The following table contains useful links that will direct you to information about your notable educators.
A. Library Catalogs
B. Link to John Nietz Collection
C. Link to an Overview of Authors and Their Readers, 1640-1940
D. Link to Article on Authors of Literacy-related Textbooks, 1780 to 1840
Many of the people you will be researching are still alive. To be a good researcher you might want to contact these people to gain a deeper understanding of who they are and their philosophy about education and their contributions to literacy.
After you have completed this investigation you will be ready to develop two biographies. There are seven different ways to present the biographies. You need to choose two different formats so that you can present each biography in a novel way. The projects are as follows:
Once the groups have shared with the class, you will then come together and share as a whole. You will share your projects and discuss what you have learned about these important educators in literacy.
Due: Week 9
This is a group assignment. To accomplish this assignment the group must pick two notable literacy educators, if possible one past and one current. The whole group must become literacy experts on these two people in order to have an authentic conversation where all group members participate equally. Each member must read multiple selections about both people on the Internet or in books and journals. The person who did the initial research should help the other group members identify useful websites in which they found important information about the person. The groups will then create a fifteen minute dialogue between the two educators. This conversation must depict both peoples' philosophies about the literacy topic you are studying and their own personal research and findings. The project should be creative. As a group you will need to create a conversation that shows your understanding of these two people and the topic. Would they disagree with each other? What would they have to say to each other if they could talk to each other? Why would they want to talk with each other? Set up this conversation in any setting; they could be at SDSU for a conference, at a coffee shop, or even through Instant Messenger online. This conversation should help give others insight into what these two people believed and what they felt literacy education should be like. This conversation will need to be typed, and as a group you will present it to the class. Each person must participate equally. Make sure you give a copy of this conversation to me on the due date.
On the date that this project is due, the groups will present their conversations to the class. Two of the people will actually present the conversation. The other members will give a brief background about the educators who are involved in the conversation. This background should help give the class a foundation of knowledge about who these people are/were, their beliefs, and how they contributed to literacy education. The groups should practice their presentations before they present them to the class.
Timeline of Famous People and Events
Due: Week 11
This assignment is a group project. For this project you will be expanding on the studies you have read and the notable educators you have learned about and create a timeline depicting the famous people and events for your section of literacy. You will need to go back and do further research on the IRA, CRA, GSDRA, HOL, NSSE, SDSU, Public Library, and Google websites. For this timeline you will need to include important events that have shaped your literacy topic. The timeline should also incorportate important studies that took place and the people who were influential to your topic. To complete this assignment you will be using the PowerPoint program. Your group must create a PowerPoint presentation that incorporates pictures, quotes, and information from the Internet. You can also include music with your presentation if you think it will add to the overall effectiveness of your timeline. The use of the powerpoint presentation is to help you creatively portray all of the information you have learned during the semester in a fun and creative way. Each group member must participate in this project. Everyone should be equally responsible for doing the research and for creating the presentation. Once you have finished the presentation, give a copy of it to me on the due date.
On the date that this assignment is due each group will present their PowerPoint presentations to the class. Every person must be included in the presentation. These presentations should be about five to ten minutes in length. By the end of the presentation the class should have a deeper understanding of your topic of literacy, how it has evolved, what and who the influences have been, and possible projections about additional related questions of study.
Personal Response: History of Literacy
Due: Week 15
This assignment is an individual assignment. For the entire semester you have been doing indepth research that has helped further your knowledge about literacy education. You first started researching important studies that have helped shape literacy education. You then did further research looking into who contributed to education and how they affected what is taught in today's classrooms. You then compiled this knowledge and more indepth knowledge you aquired by doing further research on your topic and compiled a detailed timeline of your topic. You now have a solid base of knowledge that will help you become a better educator. The knowledge you have aquired over the course of this semester is valuable to your education and to the education of your students. This final assignment has been designed to capture some of this newly aquired knowledge. For this assignment you will be writing a two page personal response about why the history of literacy education is important to understand, what it means to us as educators, and what it means to the future of literacy education. This assignment should portray what you have learned throughout this webquest and your outlook on education for the future. This personal response should be two pages typed and double spaced. If you have more to say you can always write more.
On the last day of class you will present your responses to your group. Each person will read his or her personal response. As a group you will then select one person to share with the whole class.
Final Whole Class Assignment
For the last few weeks in class we will be compiling a timeline that spans all of the aspects of literacy we have been researching. We will incorporate each of your timelines and compile them to get an overall view of literacy education. We will be creating this timeline using either Inspiration or PowerPoint. This will then help you understand many of the important events and people who have influenced literacy education.