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Latino Poetry Blog: Blogging as a Forum for Open Discussion

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Latino Poetry Blog: Blogging as a Forum for Open Discussion

Grades 8 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Six 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Tiia Kunnapas

Smyrna, Georgia


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Computers with Internet access and print capabilities

  • Digital storage (blank CDs or a USB drive)

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1. Create a blog by following the instructions at the Edublogs website. The class blog will need a name that does not have any identifying information about the school or its location (e.g., state, mascot). It should include a separate page for each student (use students' first names or aliases, initials, or numbers, but do not use students' full names); a page for the instructor (use your first name or an alias, initials, or a number, but do not use your full name); and a feedback page for students to post their comments about the project. Decide on a template you like. Please note: do not use photos of your students or any photos that identify the school.

2. Review the instructions on Edublogs on how to manage the blog once it is created. This includes how to release and delete posts. Create a password that will give you blog administrator privileges and set up the blog so that all posts will be sent to your e-mail. Each post will need to be released by you in order for students to see the posts. This allows you to screen for inappropriate posts or those coming from unwanted sources.

3. Bookmark the new class blog and the websites listed in the Web resources on your classroom computer or lab computers. If you do not have classroom computers with Internet access, reserve time in your school's computer lab for Sessions 3, 4, and 5.

4. Obtain and review three to four of the Latino poetry books listed on the Recommended Booklist.

5. Complete a poetry analysis for a short poem that you have chosen for use during Sessions 2 and 5.

6. Post the Poetry Signup Sheet in a visible spot in the classroom.

7. Make one copy for each student of the following handouts: Blogging Information Sheet, Poetry Analysis Sheet, Research Tips, Blogging Instructions, Peer Analysis Sheet, Checklist with Comments Log, and Rubric for Latino Poetry Blog.

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