1.)Have students complete a reading interest survey. Go over the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for your school system with students so they are familiar with expectations regarding Netiquette.
2.)Students in the teacher education class can choose a partner by reading the reading interest surveys, or the partners can be assigned by the collaborating teachers.
3.)Students will e-mail each other weekly discussing the books they are reading. The teacher education students will read and suggest six novels by the end of the semester. These books must be on an appropriate reading level for the student partner. Students in the younger group will respond as they read their own books or one of the recommended books. If using peer groups they can both agree on one book to read and discuss at a time.
4.)If peer groups are partnering, it should be made clear that this is an educational project, and that no "chatting" or private e-mails are allowed. Using filtered, teacher-monitored email accounts will discourage this.