Discussion Expectations

Use the tracking handout provided to determine the focus of your weekly post.


Initiating Discussions:

You are responsible for posting once a week, no later than the end of 4th period on the Monday that your literature circle meets.

To post:
  1. Click on the Discussion tab across the top of the page.
  2. Under the section for Post Message, type a subject heading.
  3. Type the information you wish to share with others in the Message box.
  4. If you like, check on the Monitor this topic box. (You’ll receive notifications when anyone comments on your post.)
  5. Click on the Post button when you’re finished.

Responding to Discussions:

You are responsible for responding to at least TWO POSTS each week, no later than the end of 4th period on the Thursday of your literature circle meeting.

To reply:
  1. Read the post and scroll down past it. There is a Reply box below the post with the subject line already filled out.
  2. Type your response in the Message box. Proofread carefully before you post.
  3. If you like, check on the Monitor this topic box. (You’ll receive notifications when anyone comments on your post.)
  4. Click on the Post button when you’re finished.


How Will We Be Graded?



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Initial Post
(up to 3 points)
The student’s response shows thinking. It goes beyond restating the obvious and includes personal insights and/or experiences. The comment invites dialogue by ending with a question or in some way provokes discussion.
The student’s response shows thinking. It goes beyond restating the obvious and includes personal insights and/or experiences.
The student’s response restates the obvious.
The student simply posts with statements such as “I agree” or “I disagree” and does not further the dialogue, or the posting is late.

There is no evidence the student read the text slated for discussion.


Response

(up to 2 points each for 2 responses)
The student’s response comments on her/his classmate’s posting and extends her/his ideas to further a dialogue.
The student’s response comments on her/his classmate’s posting but does not add anything new and does not further a dialogue.
The student simply posts with statements such as “I agree” or “I disagree” and does not further the dialogue, or the posting is late.