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Keywords: reading, writing, authentic, real world experience, differentiation
Subject(s): Spelling, Technology, Grammar, Writing, Reading, English/Language Arts
Grades 5 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
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School: Ashland Middle School, Ashland, OH
Planned By: Carly Black
Original Author: Carly Black, Ashland
Begin in Google sites, show students the style options and how to customize their site. Cover the basics of adding text, image or video material, links, and how to keep posts organized logically for readers.

Establish a reading program for individual choice reading where students are expected to post about their reading weekly. Model entries that show writing from before, during and after reading a novel.

Once students establish a routine with their writing about reading, add comments on other blogs, partner reading and link blogging, loved it/hated it book reviews, books turned movies, and other ideas for allowing students to stretch their writing as individuals and in collaboration with other students.

Be sure to share site addresses with parents and staff so they can also provide comments and encouragement for their writing.

Continue to build literary analysis skills and use the blogs for student practice. Continue to provide support for grammar correctness; when it can be seen by the "world" we should be sure to write our best work before publishing. This can also be a time to teach digital citizenship and safety.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Books can be nonfiction choices which could coordinate with History, Science and Math. They could cover topics about career planning, world studies, foreign language, health, physical education and STEM course units. This project could also be used to aligned grade level writing programs where students are able to continue their blogs into the next grade.
Students could expand their blog to begin adding video posts, or create a podcast. This could be especially effective for struggling writers.
Materials: Mobile Labs, Reading, Literacy, Writing, Books, Authoring and Publishing, Speech and Language