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The Blogging Club at Hooever Middle School

An enrichment program proposal for Hooever Middle School by Michelle McGarry
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Michelle McGarry

on 22 April 2010

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The Blogging Club? An enrichment program proposal
Hooever Middle School by Michelle McGarry What is a blog? "Blog" is short for "weblog," which put simply, is a type of online journal. There are lots of reasons why blogging can help students with writing. Blogs can help students simply express themselves. Blogs can provide an open canvas to express creativity in words and images. Blogs can be used to collaborate on writing, critique each other's writing, and practice writing in a supportive environment. Working with blogs can teach students: Responsibility using social media Communication in an online environment Copyright, fair use, and digital media Vocabulary, visual literacy, and expression How to integrate personal information interests with search, media, and writing What will our blogging club include? A private, protected blog space accessible only to students and Mrs. McGarry Blog visitors, such as parents and teachers, can have a visitor password in order to read, but not comment on, blog posts too What would we blog about? Guided writing practice, such as: Write a blog post about yourself using lots of descriptive words. Create a wordle with your post. Write a story about a day in the life of your favorite musician, television or film actor, sports star, or other famous person. Choose a biography from the school library. Create a comic strip using ComicLife to tell the story of your person. Post it on your blog. Read some stories about the Greek gods. Write your own story about your own pretend god. If you like, work with two or three partners if you'd like your gods to be related, and create a family tree linking to each other's blog posts. Tell us about your all-time favorite books. Create an Animoto video and post it in your blog. How to use multimedia tools, such as ComicLife, Animoto, video and audio tools, digital photography, and more to enhance blog posts. How does blogging support the curriculum? Massachusetts Curriculum Framework:Technology Literacy Standards and Expectations, Grades 6-8

2.1 Explain ethical issues related to privacy, plagiarism, spam, viruses, hacking, and file sharing.
2.2 Explain how copyright law protects the ownership of intellectual property, and explain possible consequences of violating the law.
2.3 Explain fair use guidelines for using copyrighted materials (e.g., images, music, video, text) in school projects.
2.4 Describe appropriate and responsible use of communication tools (e.g., charts, instant messaging, blogs and wikis).

3.9 Use a variety of telecommunication tools (e.g., e-mail, discussion groups, Web pages, blogs, Web conferences) to collaborate and communicate with peers, experts, and other audiences (at district's discretion).
3.2 Collect, organize, and analyze digital information from a variety of sources, with attribution.
3.3 Use a variety of computing devices (e.g., probeware, handheld computers, digital cameras, scanners) to collect, analyze, and present information for curriculum assignments.

1.24 Create a multimedia presentation using various media as appropriate (e.g., audio, video, animations, etc.). and ELA Standards... Technology Literacy Standards... Massachusetts Curriculum Framework:English Language Arts, Grades 6-8


23.6 Decide on the placement of descriptive details about setting, characters, and events in stories.
23.7 Group related ideas and place them in logical order when writing summaries or reports.
23.8 Organize information about a topic into a coherent paragraph with a topic sentence, sufficient supporting detail, and a concluding sentence.
23.9 Integrate the use of organizing techniques that break up strict chronological order in a story (starting in the middle of the action, then filling in background information using flashbacks).

21.4 Revise writing to improve level of detail and precision of language after determining where to add images and sensory detail, combine sentences, vary sentences, and rearrange text.
21.5 Improve word choice by using dictionaries or thesauruses.
21.6 Revise writing to improve organization and diction after checking the logic underlying the order of ideas, the precision of vocabulary used, and the economy of writing.

22.8 Use knowledge of types of sentences (simple, compound, complex), correct mechanics (comma after introductory structures), correct usage (pronoun reference), sentence structure (complete sentences, properly placed modifiers), and standard English spelling when writing and editing.

19.14 For imaginative/literary writing:
Write stories or scripts containing the basic elements of fiction (characters, dialogue, setting, plot with a clear resolution).
19.17 For informational/expository writing:
Write a short explanation of a process that includes a topic statement, supporting details, and a conclusion.
19.23 For informational/expository writing:
Write multi-paragraph compositions that have clear topic development, logical organization, effective use of detail, and variety in sentence structure. Our New Blogging Club What do you think? Meetings once a week after school Led by Mrs. McGarry in person and online All posts and comments are approved and monitored by Mrs. McGarry Check out the sample blog at http://kidblog.org/MrsMcGarrysBloggingClub/
Log in as a visitor with the password: media22

(And check out my blog post, "Blogging in the Classroom Resources" for articles about this topic!) Will students want to join? Yes! My goal is make the Blogging Club fun, as well as a learning experience Flickr User barnett: Blog wordle image
Flickr User silviamedoptstudent: Kids on computers image
Flickr User cambodia4kidsorg: Blog cartoon image Many thanks to: So what about a blogging club in the school library? In the school library, students have access to technology, resources to assist in their writing, and an information professional and teacher (Mrs. McGarry) to guide them through the process. As students progress, we may explore other topics they may want to write about on their own independent blogs You can also watch a screencast of how our example blog works here: http://screenr.com/pJW
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