Department of English

On-line Literature Circles

Winner, 2008 Ann Lydecker Educational Diversity Award, UW-System

In the course of this exciting project that takes place in the spring semester of each year, our English Education majors—all would-be teachers--lead high school students from Adams Friendship High School and Milwaukee's Vincent High School in structured on-line literature discussion groups about African-American writers. The UW-Stevens Point students work in pairs, and each pair is assigned to a mixed group of twelve high school students; our student-teachers prompt discussion, respond to student postings, and design project assignments for their own group. The on-line discussions culminate in a day-long series of workshops on the UW-Stevens Point campus for these high school students from very different backgrounds. Our student-teachers have given successful presentations on the project at the convention of the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English.