I have spent the day working at Te Kowhai School in the Waikato and for a large part of the day we were planning the next iteration of my collaborative writing project that I implemented at Waiau Pa School last year. Working with Rochelle and Sarah the two teacher that will be implementing the plan we blocked out how the student will again attack this project.
Armed with a low tech bit of paper and a retractable pencil I roughed out the plan for Rochelle and Sarah. The only decision they have to make now is which book they want to base the work on. Sarah is a big fan of John Marsden's Tomorrow When the War Began series and Rochelle thinks that perhaps we might have more angles with Phillip Pullman's Northern Lights. I have suggested that Northern Lights could be re-written by the students from the Daemon's perspective. For the record my planning notes are below.
I have been approached this week by a large secondary school in South Auckland to assist them with their own version of this project, currently we are the exchange email stage of the programme. If you would like to be involved with your own collaborative literacy project based on this model, please let me know. I am really looking forward to making this work between two classes separated by distance and even time zones.