My last post was about Google Sites, and since then I've had lots of great feedback from folks about the different ways to leverage sites with students.
Meanwhile, Karen Blumberg's idea of a book review site has continued to percolate. As it happens, a few weeks ago I serendipitously connected with a fellow 5th Grade English teacher here in the city, and we started emailing about potential collaborative writing projects for our students. As he and I discussed our curriculum looking for overlapping assignments or novels, he mentioned a book review project he does with his students every year. This seems like the perfect way to introduce a new project into my Writers' Workshop curriculum while also teaching digital citizenship and collaborative writing skills. We still have plenty of details to hammer out, but the basic concept of students sharing book reviews and commentary about novels via a Google Site seems like an exciting idea.
Curious to know if any others have tried something similar, or if there are other great ways to introduce a collaborative writing project? Please share your wisdom in the comments!