American Literature, American Learning Recap 3/30

Games & Active Learning/Formative Assessment


  1. Readings

“Active Learning Techniques for the Classroom”

“A Sample of Formative Assessment Techniques”

Gallagher, Kristen. “Teaching Freire and CUNY Open Admissions.” Radical Teacher 87.1 (2010): 55-67.

Gee, James Paul. 2007. Semiotic Domains. Is Playing Video Games a “Waste of Time”? What Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy.

Lantz, Frank. Zimmerman, Frank. 1999. Rules, Play, Culture: Towards an Aesthetics of Games approx. 4pgs.

Reacting to the Past: The Student Perspective. 2012. Queens College, CUNY. on YouTube. (5 min)

Silva, Andy. 2016. Back to the Future. Studying Periodization and Literacy in an Early Modern Card Game. CUNY Games Festival 2016(slides)

Using Active Learning Techniques in the Classroom”, FSU Handbook Chapter 8


McGann, Jerome. 2002. IVANHOE. Education in a New Key. Romantic Circles.

Reacting to the Past

Hainey, Connolly, Stansfield, Boyle. 2011 The Differences in Motivations of Online Game Players and Offline Game Players: A combined analysis of three studies at higher education level. Computers & Education.

“Working Inside the Black Box”

  1. Respond to blogs by Iris and Erica


  1. Edit table of contents (instructions in document)


  1. Prepare for Zotero workshop


  • Midterm reflection sheets
  • Giant post-its and markers



6:30 – 6:35 Housekeeping

  • April 6: Reading Assignment and Visiting Lecturer

Mellon Director of New York Public Library and Graduate Center President Emeritus William P. Kelly will be leading next week’s class Wednesday, April 6

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson, The American Scholar (read carefully)
  • Louis Menand, The Marketplace of Ideas (skim)
  • April 13: Bloggers: Arinn and Lisa   Neoliberalization & Universities & Punks Reading assignment? Send to Danica.
  • April 14 1:00-2:00 Teaching as Social Justice
  • May 2 Teaching at CUNY day   –Anyone volunteer to do a Think-Pair-Share with the group?
  • May 19, 12-3 pm Reception, posters, and final event for Futures Initiative: class project —Draft of our book project on display at this event

6:35 – 7:05 Zotero Workshop with Shawn(ta) Smith

7:00 – 7:15 Update on final projects Let’s look at the Google Doc together

7:15-8:15   Iris and Erica lead the class

Erica – Cosmo Quiz: Are You A Formative or A Summative?

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  • After you have filled out the quiz and received your results, students get into groups to discuss them. As a group come up with an additional scenario and three possible answers that relate to summative and formative assessment.

Iris – Plotting the Past: a collaborative, time-travel game

  • activity, reflection, discussion
  • Instructions: Students get in groups and are given identical timelines (1600-1900) and an identical set of seven cards with historical events. Groups race to see who can accurately plot the historical events the quickest.
  • See also, Tiki-Toki


8:15 EXIT TICKET: Pass out mid-term evaluations. Focus: What have we learned so far? What do we need to do to make the final projects all that they can be (without being too big a burden)?


The Futures Initiative
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4309