|Extension projects are designed to deepen
students' understanding of literature. An additional benefit
is the opportunity to recommend books
to a group of peers. Research has shown that students
are more motivated to write when producing for authentic viewers.
The online global educational community is an ideal audience.
Who: Primary, secondary and college classes that are involved in Literature Circles, Literature Study, Book Clubs, Reading Clubs, etc. are invited to join.
What: Students will create extension projects individually or in groups. Work samples will be sent electronically for publication on this web site. The amount of files per class will be determined by size. The maximum size per class has not been determined at this time. Participants will write a brief introduction on how literature circles are implemented in their classrooms. This will give visitors the opportunity to replicate successful practices.
When: This project runs from January 1, 2005 until June 30, 2007. Work will be showcased as soon as the materials are sent.
Where: Extension projects can be created in school or at home.
Why: In addition to supporting state language arts standards, this project supports:
NETS Technology Foundation Standards for All Students
3. Technology productivity tools
4. Technology communications tools
NETS for Teachers
III Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum
How: E-mail the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Suggested Extension Projects
These ideas are from Literature Circles Resource Center by Katherine L. Schlick Noe
Activities are adapted from Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in Book Clubs & Reading Groups by Harvey Daniels
Something to Consider
Invite your students to come up with their own extension activities. Activities can be done with traditional materials or on a computer. Explore the ReadWriteThink Student Materials. Some of these online generators would be perfect for extension projects. The image can be screen captured and e-mailed for publication.
Assessing Extension Activities
My recommendation is to have your students create their own rubrics to assess their activities. I have seen my colleague, Melissa McMullan have her sixth grade students very successfully create their own rubrics with Rubistar. Katherine Schlick Noe offers some helpful Guiding Questions with forms that can be printed.
Dr. Rachel Karchmer's work on extension projects has inspired me to coordinate this learning adventure.
Pippi Longstocking - Dr. Rachel Karchmer and Marci McGowan's first grade class.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing - Dr. Rachel Karchmer and Mary Kreul. I'm delighted to say that Mary Kreul has joined this project.