Blog Project Instructions

Objective: Students will critically evaluate literature read in class and make connections to the mechanics of English, Social Studies, and current world events through an online blog.

Directions: You will be keeping a blog about the literature, articles, and other materials we will read together as a class. To add an entry, click on your specific page, click on the 'Sign In' link on the bottom of the page and then click 'New Post'.

Note: You will need to sign up for a Google account to use this site. It's simple and free- I'll be here to help if you need it.

Each entry should be 240-250 words in length. Also, for each entry, you should pick ONE topic from the list below to write about. There are many more topics than entries you have to make- the choice is yours as to what you pick.

Tips - How to do well: This project is worth 25% of your final grade each quarter. So, it's important that you do well! Some things to keep in mind as you write entries:

  • Be creative- Show me your mental skills! This is a space to use your brain, and make creative connections between our readings and the outside world. You do not exist in a bubble, but a grand community. Act like it.
  • Leverage the richness of the web- Photos! Videos! Links to other sites! Oh my! Don't just write an entry that is static and stand-alone- include the grand conversation that is the web!
  • This is for a grade- Meaning, do your assignment accurately, and BE PROFESSIONAL! No inappropriate material- include only ORIGINAL WORK that you would share publicly in class. Also, DO NOT EDIT OR MODIFY ANY ONE ELSE'S WORK! You do have that ability, actually- but I can also see, as the admin, who has done what (and I get an email any time anything is modified- so resist the temptation, if you have it).
  • Be specific- When quoting from the book, be sure to include page numbers. When quoting from other sources around the web, be sure to link to them.

Your first entry: Is about you! Write a 250-word biography, and practice with the blogging system. For full credit include:

  • A working link to a website that represents an interest of yours
  • A photo on your page of you/something that interests you.
Due Dates: An entry on your blog page is due WEEKLY, on Mondays. Dates are:
  • 2/22 (Your Bio Entry)
  • 3/1 (Progress Reports Due)
  • 3/8
  • 3/15
  • 3/22
  • 4/5
  • 4/12 (END OF GRADING PERIOD 4/16)
  • 4/19
  • 4/26
  • 5/3
  • 5/10
  • 5/17 (Progress Reports Due)
  • 5/24
  • 6/1 (Tues)
  • 6/7
  • 6/14 (END OF GRADING PERIOD 6/18)
Project Value: The Blog Project is 25% of your final class grade. There will be 4 grades given for the project, after, 3/1, 4/12, 5/17, and 6/14. Entries will be graded weekly for content and English mechanics.