Choose a Model of Collaboration

Before beginning your review, you should consider how your group is going to collaborate. There are several possibilities here (from Haring-Smith, T. (1994). Writing together: Collaborative learning in the writing classroom. New York: HarperCollinsCollegePublishers.Haring-Smith):
  • Serial writing – in this mode of collaborative writing, a “train of individuals” works on a text. This could take the form of employees creating individual sections to a report that the supervisor compiles and sends out without further collaboration. From our perspective, this would be cooperation at its basic level. (p. 361-2)
  • Compiled writing – here, individuals all add components of the text and retain “some control over part of the final text” so the reader can tell who wrote what. This might be a collection of essays or poems. This would be a more advance form of cooperation, because all the parts have to fit, but there isn’t a great deal of negotiation among all the writers that goes into this kind of writing. (p. 362-3)
  • Co-authored writing – in this type of writing, “it is difficult (indeed, often impossible) to distinguish the work of one writer from another.” In terms of how we are defining collaboration, this would be a text where all authors have a stake in what is said. There is often one facilitator here who coordinates the final draft of the text, but everyone is expected to contribute. (p. 363-5)
Whatever model you choose, your group members should agree on deadlines and use the discussion feature to communicate with one another. Each group member should contribute roughly the same amount of time and work over the course of the semester.

Read Model Reviews

Take a look at the examples on the main page. I recommend the following:

Create a New Page Based on the Template

When your group is ready to write, one member should create a new page titled with the title of the book and the name of the author (e.g., Feed by M.T. Anderson). After selecting New Page, choose the Review1 page template to start (see image below). Then select create.

Your Review Should Include

Technical Components
  • functional external links to additional resources on the text
  • integrated visual and/or audio
  • all group members edit (shown in history page). Work divided evenly among group members.
Written Components
  • at least 500 words per review
  • hyperlinked text within review
  • ·well-integrated excerpts from novel
  • summary of plot and characters
  • basic information about the text (author, title, year of publication)
  • recommendation for teachers
  • attention to mechanics and usage

Plagiarism Resources

Remember, the information you find on the Web must be cited properly. Do not cut and paste language from another site: this is plagiarism and will be treated as such. For more on plagiarism, see the following resources.