A brief summary of the key points of Asao Inoue's Anti-Racist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching & Assessing Writing For A Socially Just Future.
Rather than simply creating a discussion board, with a question to respond to, I would like for us to experiment with creating a useful summary document--sort of an extended annotated bibliographic entry--in a shared google.doc.
If we were in a face-to-face class, I would have asked you to work with your small group mates to discuss and put together the key points from the chapter you were responsible for reading and to connect it to the introduction--to identify what aspects of the introduction does your chapter expand on and explain. I would ask you to share reading journals and give you time to talk and then ask you to present back to the group.
Being online presents a unique opportunity to create a lasting document that you might refer back to when you enter your teaching career, and, also, a document that will live beyond you in my own class.
Pedagogy google.docs are thing--as they are a thing about everything these days (speaking of which, here is an article on exactly this topic: https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/06/06/1002546/google-docs-social-media-resistance/).
There are lots of crowd-sourced, community based google.docs that can give you information about just anything.They are free resources to teachers everywhere created by other teachers and educators.Two that might be of interest to you thinking about our past few weeks:
INSTRUCTIONS FOR WRITING YOUR SUMMARY: When you are ready, post what you believe to be the most important points to understand from Inoue in the chapter that you read to the google.doc accessible here or from the syllabus. Feel free to add to what your fellow chapter readers had to say. If you understood something in the chapter differently, feel free to add that information as well. The goal is not necessarily to be concise but to be thorough and accurate. You can insert your name if you want to, but you don’t need to. I’m looking at these as group documents.
ONCE YOU'VE CREATED YOUR SUMMARY AND READ YOUR COLLEAGUE'S SUMMARIES: Read the sample student essay attached below (first.paper.goncalves). You can also read through the assignment as I explained it to students(mix_tape_memoir). You will see how I developed the assessment for the assignment in the assignment explanation.
WHAT TO POST HERE: Once you've looked through the material, post your assessment of this piece of writing to the discussion board. Discuss what you would say to this student. Feel free to ask questions about your assessment. Respond to your colleagues at least once. If you think you have an answer to a question asked, answer your colleague. If you have a different idea for how to assess this paper, talk about that. You don't have to be sure about how you'd assess this essay or what you would say to this student about this paper, I just want you to try to puzzle through it. It's hard work. But to do it well, you've got to start somewhere. This is a start.