-- Carol Burnett, comedian
- Galway, NY, USA
- member since February 3, 2010
Hey stranger! Yeah, Miller is one of my favorites. I use a few of his passages in Through Painted Desserts for my AP Lang kiddos to analyze descriptive narratives. Still teaching The Things They Carried. Last year was great; we actually had Tim O'Brien speak at OU, so I was able to meet him. A few of the students went to the lecture as well an were pretty inspired. Anyhow, hope all is well with you too.
Hello Mrs McDonald,
Im about four weeks into college. I am having so much fun. I am still using my shelfari. By choice not because we have too. Thank you for intriducing us to this website. It has been a good tool to use.. thanks again and I miss you :) -Steven Hahn
Hey Melanie! I'm so excited you found this group discussion. One of my students was joining the group and noticed it was on the "top discussions" add for the site - I was pretty pumped. If you don't mind me asking, how did you find the group - did you also see it as a featured discussion?
What a coincidence, I teach our Creative Writing program as well. I have all AP English III (Lang and Comp) classes other than the one elective section. I'd love to collaborate in some way with either AP Lang/Lit or our creative writing classes. Anything in mind? My department chair is the other group that has The Things They Carried discussion group; she teaches AP Lit as well. Perhaps you two could figure something out...I believe she's teaching Cold Mountain next. Do you read that in Lit?
Responding to your questions of use, I've found Shelfari extremely useful in allowing the students to "enter into the conversation" concerning literature. We don't have access to Blackboard, but we do have a website where we can do "blog posts," but those posts don't allow specific replies or tagging onto other discussions. I call this the Facebook equivalent for book discussions. My students have blown my original expectations out of the water. In fact, I thought I was going to post all the original discussions, but the only post I created was the initial discussion post. Every discussion since has been student led. They say the pressure they feel in class is gone when their in front of their computers at home, and they are able to construct responses on their own terms without fear of saying something wrong.
One thing I will do differently is to ask each student to include specific textual evidence when referring to the novel. I did construct a handout that deliniates the process of creating an account, joining a group, and posting to the discussion board. If you're interested in this, email me at email@example.com.