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This wiki is intended to illustrate the power of social media in creative writing. Participate in creating the characters, plot, and setting for a fictional family saga.

The Homeplace Saga began with the novel Back to the Homeplace (1987) and continued nine years later with The Homeplace Revisited (1996). Most recently, Christmas at the Homeplace, continued the story through to the end of 1996. This wiki is a place where readers can expand the story through transmedia storytelling experiences for the interim period. Please respect the characters and stories already in place - beyond that, additional stories, even new, related characters, are welcomed.

Note to Readers
Readers of all ages are invited to participate in the transmedia aspect of the saga. Simply click the JOIN THIS WIKI button and you will be given permission to edit pages.Revisited_cover700.jpg
  • Create a new page for your addition. Then, make a link from the most appropriate entry page.
  • Return to the wiki HOME page and add a discussion item describing your addition.

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  • Additions should be in the spirit of the saga. Examples include fictional letters, diary entries, poetry, event fliers, newspaper articles, scrapbook pages, legal files, informational files, brochures, background information, nonfiction pages, floorplans, location photos, concert tickets, posters, postcards, and other documentation or ephemera.
  • In order to let participants visualize the characters on their own, photos should not include the face of a character.
  • Submissions containing excessive sex, violence, or profanity will be removed.

Note to Teachers
Teachers are encouraged to use this wiki as part of their curriculum.

NCTE/IRA National Standards for English Language Arts
  • Students read a wide range of print and nonprint texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment. Among these texts are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works.
  • Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound–letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, graphics).
  • Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.
  • Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and nonprint texts.
  • Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.
  • Students participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and critical members of a variety of literacy communities.
  • Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).

Lesson Plan Ideas

Current Use
This wiki is currently being used by K-12 teachers to learn more about transmedia storytelling.

To learn more about building fluid environments for reading, go to Fluid Environments for Teaching, Learning, and Technology.