The English language profession offers educators, life-long learners, opportunities to grow when they recognize that such growth depends to a certain degree on technology. For instance, English language educators who happen to work at the university level may develop a personal learning network (PLN) that allows them to extend their social network or personal connections beyond the institution where they teach. A PLN also depends on the type of technology one uses to communicate with others. Twitter, which is becoming more ubiquitous among educators around the world, has helped establish many PLNs across the Internet. As a PLN grows and becomes stronger, so too do the individuals who interact within that network. Indeed, the English language profession is one that is in a constant state of change, and in order for appropriate changes to take place, administrators and language educators must work closely together so that improvements to higher student achievement may be realized.
On a separate piece of paper (or in Word), write your name and number one through six and explain each of the six sentences in terms of the concepts listed above: MEAL plan, appositives, etc. Your explanation of each concept should include an example from the text above (in quotation marks) and should define each concept as well. If needed, click on the links above to review each of the concepts first before analyzing the text. Once you have completed this task, upload your analysis to this blog by submitting a comment.
For those who were absent today, here are additional instructions:
For those students taking Writing II this semester, your task is to complete the following:
- This week we spent time listening to Don Cornelius and Soul Train. Watch this video about how to create a blog post in the Collaborative Understandings website, and post your two paragraphs that you worked on in pairs this week. Although each of you worked on one paragraph individually, you are encouraged to make any final changes to either paragraph before posting to the blog.
- Once you have posted your two paragraphs to the blog, find two other blog posts from your classmates and provide a comment of at least 100 words. Based on what your classmates wrote, compare this story with some personal experience. It might be something related to Soul Train and/or Don Cornelius or anything else that was mentioned in the original blog post.
- Watch this video and create a word list of 10 new words at Dictionary.com.
Today you are to respond to one of the narrative essays by including a comment. Your comment might include some of the following:
- What you found interesting about the story
- Any experiences that you had that relate to the story
- What you learned from having read the story
After you read the story and you have provided a 200-250 word comment, ask a -wh question (how, why, when, where, or with whom) that relates to the story. Once you have completed your comment, go to your wiki and respond to any comments and questions others have posted to your narrative essay.
For those who are writing a narrative essay in Writing II, your final drafts are due on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. If you have questions about how to edit wikis or any other aspects of the Collaborative Understandings website, click the Videos tab and refer to the links under the CU website tutorials.
Your narrative essay should include the following:
- Introduction: quotation, background, main topic, and linking sentence to your first subtopic.
- Subtopic 1 (MEAL plan): main idea, evidence, analyze, and link
- Subtopic 2 (MEAL plan): main idea, evidence, analyze, and link
- Subtopic 3 (MEAL plan): main idea, evidence, analyze, and link
- Conclusion: Opener, restate your main topic, how you changed as a person, and concluding sentence
Also, include five new words or phrases that you've learned over the last two weeks and include these words or phrases in blue and bold.