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Blogging in the Primary Grades? Yes, Indeed!

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Blogging in the Primary Grades? Yes, Indeed!

Grades 2 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Jennifer M. Nelson

Jennifer M. Nelson

McDonough, Georgia

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Printouts

Websites

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Computers or tablets with Internet access

  • Tuesday by David Weiner

  • Computer with projector or smartboard with Internet access

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Story Map

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.

 

Persuasion Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Persuasion Map

The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.

 

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PRINTOUTS

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WEBSITES

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PREPARATION

  1. Go to Class Blogs Shed: The Literacy Shed’s blog section or to 4KJ @ Leopold Primary School, an Australian elementary school’s class blog, and choose a few blogs from there to bookmark for students to access and read easily.

  2. Read the book Tuesday by David Weisner. Have the video for Tuesday on The Picture Book Shed: The Literacy Shed ready to show to the class via projector, or bookmark it on the class website.

  3. Bookmark the Story Mapping and Persuasion Map interactives to help students sketch out their thoughts before blogging.

  4. Review the two videos available on Learning About Blogs FOR Your Students: Part VII—Langwitches Blog to help students understand quality blogging.

  5. Print out and review the Teacher Assessment Worksheet, which is for making anecdotal notes on students and their work throughout the lesson.

  6. Print out and review the Literature Response Blog Rubric. You need one for each student for assessment purposes. In addition, make copies of the Literature Response Blog Rubric to share with students and/or post in the classroom for them to reference while writing their final blog entry.

  7. Create a classroom blog where students can post their blog entries. Doing this allows you to keep everything in one place. Blogs offer the creator the option of approving every comment that posts, so when you are creating your blog, make sure you use this option so that you see what has been posted before anyone else can see it out there in the world. This allows you to know every time that someone has posted to your blog so you can go and review and approve the comment quickly and then respond to your students if you choose. It builds in an extra layer of protection.

  8. Create your own anchor chart of blogging steps that includes each step students need to take to access the site and post their blog entries when they are ready to do so. Make copies of the anchor chart for students to have with them if they are posting from home.

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