Mash It! Collaborative Online Writing

This task sequence involves creative writing and focuses on literacy skills. The task sequence, based on creating ‘ Mash-Up Literature’ is designed for upper level language learners and includes some analysis of writing genres.


It is designed principally for philology courses, creative writing courses and upper level language courses but may be adapted to other disciplines.


Students are introduced to classic texts (required reading) while learning to apply discourse analysis and literary analysis. Because the students are allowed to approach the texts with &#39 irreverence&#39 the students will be more engaged with the &#39 classic&#39 reading lists than through more traditional teaching approaches.



The Real Me (Ice-breaker through Fiction)

This is the first activity which is part of a larger task sequence that involves creative writing and focuses on literacy skills. The task sequence, based on creating ‘ Mash-Up Literature‘ is designed for upper level language learners and includes some analysis of writing genres.


This activity is an ‘ ice-breaker’ that allows the online partners to get to know each other. Because the overall sequence is about literature, each student is asked to introduce themselves via their favorite book.


The students create presentations (e.g. using voicethread) that combines a description of who they are with their favorite book. Teachers should encourage their students to be creative (this will be a requirement throughout the task sequence).