The Danger of a Single Story

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

Literature Circles Package & Overview

Today you chose your novels for our Literature Circle / Book Club Study for the month of December. Remember that you are to be shifting your role / responsibility from week to week. Here is the organizer package to help you with what you are to be exploring within your various roles.

You must have your responsibility completed for each Friday’s in-class discussion with your peers. Your post can go up for the Monday but you must be ready for the conversation each Friday!

NOTE: If you chose to be a group of 3 you MUST have two group members double up roles each week. Otherwise, your conversation will be lacking the depth necessary to explore the novel on a rich level. (Yes, this is an addendum to the message I gave in class today so be aware!)

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What does a Literature Circle Discussion look like? Here’s a really good example. NOTE: Their roles are named differently but the context is the same.

Reading Your Peer Reviews

Hi, All

Some of you have asked me about how you can find your peer review. Here’s instructions from

Student Training

Reading Peer Reviews

Once the PeerMark assignment post date has passed, students are able to read the reviews written on their papers.

How to read a peer reviewed paper:

  1. Once logged in, click on the name of the class the peer review was in
  2. Click on the “Read Reviews” button for the PeerMark assignment
  3. Click on the links within the “Reviews for your paper” window to read the reviews of your paper
  4. PeerMark will open with the student’s review of your paper. All answers to the free response and scale questions will be available on the right side of the screen under the “Questions” tab
  5. To view the reviewers comments in a list click on the “Comments” tab
  6. Click on the “Rate this Review” button to rate the helpfulness of the review. Select a number on the scale from 0 to 10 and click on the “Submit” button to rate the review
  7. If you would like to print the review click on the “Print” link on the PeerMark toolbar

PeerMark in the Document Viewer

Students may view the peer reviews for their paper within the document viewer once the post date of a PeerMark assignment has passed. To view the paper in the document viewer first click on the “View” button for the paper assignment the peer review was based on.

Once the document viewer loads click on the “PeerMark” tab.

When the PeerMark service is active the sidebar will display a list of all the students who have reviewed the paper.

All reviewer comments appear on the paper. Each mark made to the paper is identifiable by the reviewer’s initials, unless the reviews are anonymous.

To view a specific student’s comments click on their name in the sidebar.

The list icon can also be used to select a student or to select to view “All Reviews.”

Viewing the PeerMark Questions and Answers

To view the PeerMark questions and answers click on the “questions and answers” icon.

The sidebar will load all the PeerMark questions. The answers are located under each question. If all reviews are displayed the answers are identifiable by the reviewers initials, unless reviews are anonymous.

Reviewer Mark List

To view a list of all the comments left on the paper click on the “mark list” icon.

The Comments List may be used to navigate to the location of a comment on the paper. Simply hover the cursor over a mark in the comment list and then click on the “show on paper” link that appears.