I created a lesson for my students to post their thoughts and to comment on their classmates posts. After Steve Jobs passed away, I had the students watch two videos. The first was of Steve addressing his employees after he was appointed as interm CEO. He said they had to get back to their core values. Their marketing campaign would center on their core values and ended with a commercial, 'Innovators." The second video was a video playing off the "Innovators" commercial. It was produced in April and was a tribute to Mr. Jobs as an innovator. The students watched the video on their own time.
I was curious if the students knew what our school's core values were. I asked them to identify our core values from their experiences at CAL and to comment on at least two of the other students' posts.
Because this was their third discussion lesson, they were told that I would be grading on their writing convention and their thoughtfulness in their answers and their comments. What a big difference from the first discussion and this one. The students put more thought into their posts and comments.