A website I use with my middle school students during novel studies is http://www.kidblogs.org. The great things about this site are that kids do not need an email address to use it, the teacher is in complete control, and you can make it as public or private as you or your district desires. My students love this practice, too! I think one of my 7th grader's described it best when they said "It's like a class discussion, but we all get to talk at the same time without yelling or being talked over! Did you know it was going to be like that? Quiet and full of conversation at the same time?" Everyone's voice can be heard!
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