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Blogger Birthday News Read and Respond Collaborative Essay Draft Analysis

Erik Bean (American Public University, USA)
Session Information
April 22, 2015 - 3:00pm
Open and Collaborative Education
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Effective Practice
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Session Type: 
Discovery Session
Lone Star Preconvene
Session Duration: 
60 Minutes
Discovery Session 1

Step-by-step lesson plan for a Blogger Birthday News Read and Respond collaborative essay Draft Analysis tied to a tested class blog example.

Extended Abstract

Google's Blogger is another app in the behemoth of social media's arsenal allowing teachers and students to reach exponentially expansive audiences. The free and versatile service is a complement to one's Google+ account, thus making it a smart blogging choice. The learning outcomes of this assignment are two-fold: (1) to strengthen the student's perception of the connection between reading and writing, and (2) to strengthen the student's ability to express personal thought/ opinion about the topic in a text. The student needs to be able to read a text, understand its content well enough to summarize it in writing, and then share his/ her own ideas about the topic. The response should answer questions such as: Do I agree/ disagree with the author's point? Do I have a similar experience to share? How would I respond if I was involved with the problem? This project helps to improve reading comprehension, sentence construction, and paragraph writing. It combines both third person and first person writing. It is an engaging exercise for grades six through twelve and college freshman English. Participants will learn how to use Blogger so students can critique essay drafts and collaborate on the quality of writing while meeting Common Core or higher education writing standards. Students love to see their work online and Blogger allows the entire class to share the writing experience either in a public or non published setting.

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Please visit SocialMediaLessonPlans.com for background information.