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Book Blogs. Matt Hardy Grade 3 Teacher Eden Prairie Schools matth@edenpr.org. Interactive Online Journals for Literature Circles. My Background. BA, Computer Science, U of MN, Morris Web Development M. Ed, U of MN, Twin Cities 3rd Grade in Eden Prairie, 6 years.

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Book Blogs

Matt Hardy

Grade 3 Teacher

Eden Prairie Schools

matth@edenpr.org

Interactive Online Journals for Literature Circles


My Background

  • BA, Computer Science, U of MN, Morris

  • Web Development

  • M. Ed, U of MN, Twin Cities

  • 3rd Grade in Eden Prairie, 6 years


Goals for This Session How To:

  • Implement student-centered, technology-driven small- or whole-group book clubs

  • Use blogs to maximize student responses/discussion around texts

  • Motivate your students using an authentic publishing context

  • Use technology in a transformative way


This Session is Not About:

  • Setting up a classroom webpage/teacher blog

    • blogger.comwordpress.commoodle.org

    • Custom district solution

  • An introductory definition or full rationale for the benefits of blogging


Our Class Website


Book Clubs/Literature Circles

  • Facilitate students’ in-depth exploration of a novel

  • Small group environment

  • Everyone has a voice and ideas can be freely discussed

  • Scaffolded by group leader (parent/ teacher)


Book Clubs/Literature Circles

  • 4 - 5 Students per Group

  • Each member has their own “Job” for the week

    • Question Captain

    • Connection Maker

    • Excerpt Expert

    • Character Analyzer

    • Image Illustrator


Student Blogs as a Literature Response and Discussion Tool

  • Read (View)

  • Write (Publish)

  • Comment (Discuss)


Benefits of Blogs Over Traditional Paper Journals

  • Access from anywhere (no forgotten/lost assignments)

  • Monitor progress during the week

  • Maintain a record of work throughout year

  • Highly motivating and authentic

  • Practice/apply keyboarding skills

  • Incorporate different media (images, videos, links)

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Benefits of Blogs Over Traditional Paper Journals

  • Asynchronous discussions

  • Discussion Priming(facilitate conversation during meeting time)

  • Join discussion remotely when a leader is unavailable or a student is out of school

  • Ownership

  • Accountability

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Student Blogging Platforms

  • kidblog.org(best choice)

  • edmodo.com

  • 21classes.com

  • edublogs.org

  • gaggle.net


Model on Teacher Blog

Title

Summary

Job-of-the-Week


Example Blog Discussions

  • Hannah (Image Illustrator)

  • Emily (Question Captain)

  • Jackson (Excerpt Expert)

  • Lauren (Connection Maker)

  • Nate (Character Analyzer)


Question Captain

  • Write down 4-5 good questions that you think your group would want to talk about. Questions should be thought-provoking and open-ended (no simple, one-word answers).

  • Try these starters:

    • Why do you think…?

    • What will happen…?

    • If…?

    • Who…?

    • How…?

    • Compare…?


Connection Maker

  • Proficient readers make connections to the text as they read. Three main types of connections are

    • text-to-self,

    • text-to-text

    • text-to-world

  • In your post, write about 3 connections you made to the book. The connections can be about how the book reminds you of yourself or an event in your life (text-to-self), how the book reminds you of another book you’ve read (text-to-text), or how the book reminds you of something happening in the world today or in the past (text-to-world).


Excerpt Expert

  • Choose one or two important passages (1-3 sentences each) from the story. Copy them down in your blog.

  • These passages should help your group remember some interesting, powerful, puzzling, or important sections of the text. Justify your reasons for selecting these passages.

  • Some reasons for choosing passages to share might include: *Key events *Descriptive *Surprising *Scary *Funny *Controversial *Confusing


Character Analyzer

  • Select 3 adjectives that describe the traits of some of the characters from the novel, and support your selection with examples taken from your reading assignment. Each time you write down an idea, be sure to include:

  • - Character’s name- Trait (Adjective)- Specific Example of Behavior/Action (with the page number where it happens in the book)

  • Possible Character Adjectives: adventurous, artistic, athletic, active, beautiful, belligerent, brave, bold, bossy, cheerful, curious, creative, courageous, considerate, daring, impulsive, dainty, dangerous, exciting, entertaining, energetic, funny, friendly, fun-loving, gentle, generous, happy, humble, hostile, honest, iconoclastic, intelligent, independent, inventive, a leader, lazy, loyal, loud, messy, mischievous, mean, melancholy, mellow, neat, nasty, nice, nosy, open, poor, proud, pretty, prudent, quiet, rich, respectful, sad, silly, sloppy, serious, successful, shy, short, smart, studious, selfish, simple, tall, trustworthy, thoughtful, unselfish, warm, witty, wild (or think of your own!)


Image Illustrator

  • Create a graphical blog post! Do a Google image search for pictures that relate to events or characters in the novel. (Remember to use “Strict Safe Search.”)

  • Copy and paste these images in your blog. Be sure to cite your source!

  • Write a brief caption under each image that explains how it relates to your reading. Your images may be about a character, the setting, a problem, an exciting part, a surprise, or anything else about the chapters for this week.


Logistics

  • Clubs Meet Wed/Thurs

  • Reading done by Tuesday.

  • Lab time (30-45 min) Tuesday afternoon

  • Respond to leader and do job

  • Meeting day:

    • Comments for each other

    • Discussion going in person

    • Start reading next section, new job


Job Rotation


Response Model: Single-Post, Single-Response

Comment


Response Model: Mulit-Post, Multi-Response

Comment

Comment

Comment


Build Confidence, Good Habits

  • Start with student comments on a teacher post

  • Students publish their own, structured posts

  • Student choice of topic, open-ended posts


Tips

  • Emphasize comments(the engine of dynamic blogs)

  • Look at posts/comments together

    • What did we do well?

    • Discuss ways to make better

    • Depth of thought, specificity, relevance

  • Don’t stress over spelling

  • OMG! No “text talk.” Thx.


Assessment

  • Digital portfolio

  • Growth over time

  • Timestamps

  • Writing standards, traits


Thank You!

Matt Hardy

Grade 3 Teacher

Eden Prairie Schools

matth@edenpr.org


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