Hey guys. Great work last week on your discussion comments over "The Fall..." Wow you guys are astute. Great range of big idea questions & close-reading questions. Well-proofread responses. I also love that you guys take the time to compliment one another on each other's great ideas.
A couple suggestions for today:
1. Avoid close-ended & leading questions in favor of open-ended ones.
Closed-ended: Do you think Mrs. Lee is wierd?
This is a leading question, because in it, you (correctly?) presume that I'm strange. Remember what we talked about regarding unbiased survey questions?
Leading: "I think the fall of Usher house represents the crumbling of the European Romantic era. What do you think?
Let's be honest. Here, you/ I may be simply trying to show off my critical thinking. There is a place for that in responding to one another's questions or challenging one another's responses. Questions, however, are not an effective place for for voicing your analysis.
Open-ended: The fall of Usher's house at the story's conclusion seems symbolic. What do you think it represents and why?
Here, I invite a variety of responses. It could be, later, that I decide I want to interject my own interpretation, but begin by letting others express theirs.
2. Avoid prefacing your comments with "I think..." and "I believe..." Clearly, these are your thoughts and beliefs. :) Instead, just voice them.
3. Use the threaded comment option to respond directly to people's comments and ideas.
Happy posting, and keep up the good work!