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  • From: Carol Kendall <c.kendall AT>
  • To: ictenglish AT
  • Subject: Re: Introduction - Extension Reading activities for Y7-8
  • Date: Sat, 20 Feb 2010 17:38:52 +1300

Lovely to hear from you, Deidre! Thanks for sharing your blogs and wiki -
I've had a quick look and already found a gem I'd forgotten about - Skype an
Author. Did you ever try that?

These students are already into blogging, some with personal logins to the
blog that they even participated in from home (you'll see the work of some of
them at and you can check the Book
Review format I recommended by clicking the Label for Book Review). They
enjoyed using the different structure. However, I hadn't thought of the
mentoring of less able readers. I'd really like to have them do some more in
depth critical reading themselves, and bounce around ideas - hence my
interest in the book backchat idea (not that I ever participated in the past
myself as I was out of the classroom). Right now I'm thinking about working
with a small selection of books or poems on an issue of some sort (eg
courage, decisions...), and working in a P4C manner (gotta learn that too!) .

Thanks everyone for your ideas!

On 20/02/2010, at 4:43 PM, Deidre Senior wrote:

Hi Carol - long time since we were in touch! As my e-fellow project
last year I worked with extension kids to mentor at risk/reluctant
readers - to compile our Oamaru Intermediate School Reading Log Blog
- Much of the data collated noted many
areas of improvement for both groups. The blog consists of photos,
text and podcasts for books students read. It also created many online
conversations with students not in the group. I have info on my wiki - and blog -
- if you want to know anything more - or contact me directly.

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