Wednesday, June 13, 2001

Well, here's what Dr. LeNoir has been asking for--content. In a nutshell this is what I am trying to put on my website: Early English lit (Anglo-Saxon dudes), Middle Ages (emphasis on Chaucer and medieval drama), Shakespeare (basically Macbeth and Elizabethan English history/culture), Renaissance (Sonnets, carpe diem poetry, John Dunne), Restoration (Milton, Pope, Grey, and rest. dramatists), romanticism ( Keats, Shelley, assorted young dead white British males), English novel (emphasis on Pride and Prejudice and Dickens), Victorian poetry (Brownings, Arnold, et al.) and modern British poetry and drama.

Yeah, I know. No surprises there,,, yet. That's Brit. Lit. mild. Within this content I will attempt to follow my district objectives, the states's "Program of Studies" for twelfth grade
POS Englishas well as the "Core Content" for writing Core Content Writing and reading Core Content Reading. Not to mention use the "Implementation Manual"
(either traditional Implementation Manual
or non-traditional IM Non-traditional) and "Transformations" Transformations .

Looks like a minefield doesn't it. All of the material above is fairly generic and what you would expect of any good teacher who knows better than to teach by the book.

An important adjunct to the Brit Lit part of the website will be pages on the writing process, writing forms (narrative, literary, transactive, on-demand, and open response), state benchmarks and scoring guides, reading strategies for different reading forms (literary, informationsl, practical, persuasive), grammar, and the kitchen sink.

The third part of the web site would be the administrative site (tentatively using Manhattan class software) which would include assignments, lectures, anti-lectures, handouts/notices, internet resources, self tests, chat, post office, and, of course, grades..

I am not sure how much of this can actually come under the perview of the Directed Study. That would be subject to intense negotiations over a cup of coffee or a pint of Guiness in the very near future. Typically, an on-line course takes a year to produce. What I am proposing is somewhat more ambitious. There is always the chance that what I will be doing is re-inventing the wheel, but a major function of this directed is to learn how to create an online course and how to manage learning after you have things running.

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