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"But No One Will Ever Read This!": Importance of a Real Audience

Today I was helping out a teacher with a lesson (9th grade). My role was to provide the initial research instruction and then support as students needed assistance looking up topics online and in the reference books.

As I was walking around the room, one of the students stopped me to ask about copying and pasting a page of information from a Website into his Prezi.

"Can I just copy and paste this whole thing onto a slide?"

Well, no. I told him he can put it in his own words and cite, or do a few direct quotes and cite. But no, you cannot just copy and paste an entire page and call it a day.

"Why not? No one's gonna see this thing anyway."


How was I supposed to respond? It's not my class or my project, but I can see that there is a major disconnect. Students are not understanding the connection between the assignment and real life. They feel that their work is unimportant in the scheme of things.

"The most effective way to engage these students in…

Review: American Gods

American Gods by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was almost as good as Neverwhere...and I probably would prefer to give it a 3.5 instead of a 4. But it kept my interest and was a quirky, dark book. I didn't like the adult nature of this one, especially since I like to recommend books to my students. This one is DEFINITELY not for my middle school students, but MAYBE my oldest high school students.

I am looking at Anansi Boys next, because I want more on some of these weird characters.

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