How to Use Blogs: Grades 35
In this lesson students learn what blogs are and how to write blog entries.
- Understand how to write blogs
- Express their opinion in a blog entry
- Assess other students' blog entries
SET UP AND PREPARE
- Print the Blogging Rules (PDF) and Blog Rubric (PDF)
- Review Scholastic News Online Blogs and choose a few examples to show to the class. Check out Sticky Situations, Reviews by You, or the Daily News Blog for examples.
- Ask students if they have heard of a blog. Explain what a blog is.
- A blog is a Web site that allows groups or individuals to contribute their ideas, comments, or opinions in a journal format. Blog entries are often short and appear in reverse chronological order.
- A blog entry can be created any time and any place from any Internet-enabled computer.
SUPPORTING ALL LEARNERS
- Pair struggling writers with more-fluent writers
- Assign a volunteer to help a struggling writer.
- Create additional blog topics on your class Web site or free Internet blog site such as 21 Classes.
- Topics might include poetry, recipes, goals for the year, "When I grow up."
- Have students evaluate Scholastic News Online blog topics. Did the topics stimulate discussion? How could they be made better?
- Either as a class or as individuals, have students submit their comments and suggestions to the Tell Us What You Think message board. That message board is a direct link to Scholastic News Online Editors who will answer questions and consider all comments.
- Assess the students' blog entries with the Blog Rubric.
EVALUATE THE LESSON
- How well did the students understand the blog-writing process?
- How interested were the students in the discussion topics?
- What technical problems arose?
- Don't forget to have your students let the Scholastic News Online Editors know their opinions by using the Tell Us What You Think message board.