Lesson 3.3: Blogs
- To learn the features and purposes of blogs.
- To explore multiple uses for and examples of blogs.
Activate Prior Knowledge
Explore the Nerdy Book Club blog: https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com
* What features does it have?
* What makes it different from a traditional book review?
Next, check out this classroom blog example.
* What features and types of information does this teacher have on her blog?
* How does she use her blog to support/enhance student learning?
For more great examples, check out these "22 Best Kid Lit Blogs to Follow".
More ideas here at A Few Creative Ways to Use Student Blogs.
Blogs can be used for a variety of purposes, but perhaps the most powerful draw is the ability for students to publish their work for real audiences outside the four walls of the classroom. As teachers we need to be careful about safety and privacy when students share online, but there are blog platforms designed to be safe for young writers (such as EduBlogs). Many allow you to control sharing settings so that the blog is not accessible/searchable by anyone without a link (such as Blogger).
Blogs create community spaces for students to showcase their writing about books or any topic that interests them. They allow authors to store their writing in a single space which can be conveniently navigated through the use of links, tags, and categories. Blog-specific platforms have built-in sections for reader comments so authors receive real feedback and engagement from their audience. Students can create a blog using any website creation platform, including Google Sites and Weebly.
In a classroom blog, students can write their responses to reading a shared space; instead of storing their responses in a personal notebook or just submitting them for teacher eyes and feedback, blogs allow students to learn in authentic knowledge-building communities. Additionally, blogging is a widespread genre of writing which many people are able to earn money doing. We know students are more motivated when they can choose their own writing topics, so why not encourage them to start a blog and start writing like crazy about the things they love?
Deepen Your Understanding
Now that you have completed lesson 3, revisit your understanding of the learning targets. Consider what new understandings you now have, and develop your initial understandings based on the lesson materials.
How could you incorporate blogs into your instruction? What might you ask your students to blog about? What writing standards could they meet through blogging?