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Offline beecorleto

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Blogging!
« on: March 01, 2017, 03:05:30 AM »
I use blogging in my writing class as a way for students to gain out-of-class practice with writing. This allows them to build their writing production/fluency and also an informal space to practice structures we learn in class.

I typically have blog post topics that are closely associated to the paragraph type we are learning in a given unit (i.e. compare/contrast, cause/effect, definition, description, opinion, narrative, process, etc.). I try to list several topics for students to choose from each time so they can be a little more invested in the choice to write about one topic over another. It can be difficult to come up with topics that are appropriate for students, so here are a few websites I've found that list many different topics you could use in your classes. Of course, not all topics are suitable for all contexts, so be sure to choose according to your students.

60 Writing Topics: Extended Definition: http://grammar.about.com/od/developingessays/a/topicsdefinit07.htm

200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing: http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/blogs/learning/pdf/2014/200PromptsArgumentativeWriting.pdf

22 Cause and Effect Topics: https://www.kibin.com/essay-writing-blog/22-cause-and-effect-essay-topics/

163 Questions to Talk About: https://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/12/163-questions-to-write-or-talk-about/?_r=0

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Re: Blogging!
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2017, 10:03:06 PM »
Thanks for this resource! I was wondering how often do you have them do a blog? Is it weekly? How often do you recommend doing a blog with your students? Thank you for the resources. I am excited to use these when I teach writing.

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Re: Blogging!
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2017, 01:49:11 AM »
In my writing classes I have always had students write blog posts weekly. This can be taxing for them though, so it is important to keep in mind the total workload they have. Often blog posts would coincide with the writing unit such that students could practice the structure and language we were learning leading up to writing their first draft of the unit writing task.

It also depends on the parameters you set; I have students write a minimum of 300 words a week. If you want students to write more, you should probably give them more time between due dates (depending on proficiency of course). Also, the difficulty of the prompts plays a role.

When I looked at student feedback on blogging, many of them said blogging was time consuming and sometimes hard but that they would recommend other language learners blog frequently because of the improvement they saw over 12 weeks of blog posts.