Journaling and Blogging helps your students write freely in personal journals and develop more public reflections in blog posts and responses. Instructions, activities, examples, interactives, and downloads help students gain new journaling and blogging skills. You can also present this unit right from your interactive whiteboard.
First students warm up their thinking by reflecting on thoughts and feelings related to what happened to them in the morning, near noon, and at night on one day. Then they read a sample personal journal entry and a sample classroom blog post with discussions from other classmates. After responding to the reading, students are ready to try their hands at journaling and blogging:
- Personal journals help students explore their private thoughts daily. Students explore journal topics and write their own journal entries.
- Response journals let students write about books and articles they are reading. Students read a sample response journal entry, explore their own reading, and write their own response journal entries.
- Classroom blogs allow students to carry on a digital conversation about content they are learning. Students read a sample blog post and respond to it. They also learn strategies for creating effective, school-appropriate responses.Checklists help students revise and edit their responses.
At the end of this unit, students reflect in writing on what they learned about journaling and blogging.