The Interschool Digital Dystopian Book Club Project - 1st Edition 2014
Video which provides an overview of the project with student reactions from the survey at the end.
Collaborative Project with J. Stewart-Mitchell, M. Bresciani, C. Nicolson, C. Treptau, T. Redler & S. Rieger.
Resources to Launch the Unit
Digital Dystopian Book Club Updated Edition - 2017
What Was the Project About?
The Inter-school Digital Dystopian Book Club was an inquiry project that brought 4 teachers, 3 Teacher Librarians, and 130 Grade 8 students together to reflect and discuss dystopian literature, while answering the essential question: "Is Our World Becoming Dystopian?"
Each week the students deepened their understanding of their assigned dystopian novels in a variety of ways. Within the classroom, students engaged in exploring different reading strategies to deepen their understanding of their dystopian novel and blogged about their questions with their classmates. At an inter-school level, they explored connections to current events and global issues with other grade 8's from classrooms across the city. Inter-school discussions took place via synchronous and asynchronous collaborative tools via Edmodo and Today's Meet.
During the Edmodo discussions, students had the chance to further explore the theme introduced in the Today's Meet through blogging. The purpose of these discussions was to provide students further time to reflect deeply on the assignment presented and further generate a few questions of their own. Teacher Leaders were continually impressed with the level of insight that the students demonstrated in their responses.
Student Survey Poll and Results
Rubrics and Assessment