Lesson Plan

Blogging: communicating via the internet

A lesson in exploring the use of blogs as a reflection tool for a PBL project. Students create a Weebly blog site to share with an authentic audience.
Jennifer Z.
Educational Technology Coordinator
Windward School
Los Angeles, CA
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My Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
Objectives

Students will be able to... Identify the reasons people blog, elements of a blog, and create a blog using the website builder, Weebly. They will understand that blogs are outward facing to the public and how/why we manage comment sections. 

Subjects
English Language Arts
Science
Grades 7
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/ Attention getter

Discussion:

ask: What is a blog? See examples
A place for reflection that includes text, photos, and videos. 
Includes comments- intends this medium to be a two way communication platform where people can ask questions and comment on your work

 

 

 

Student Instructions

Students answers and we discuss

 

 

2 direct instruction- what is included in a blog?

 

What should be included in a blog: (HUFFINGTON POST)
Clever title- 80% of people only read headlines so make it enticing, only 20% of people will go on to read the whole post
Address a specific audience- Who are speaking to? People who suffer from this disease? Get them invested in yourr esearching . Think about your audience’s needs and discuss that along with your prompts. 
Show, not tell- Demonstrate your knowledge- don’t pat yourself on the back for doing a great job. 
Ask for Action- Ask your audience to consider something, do something, engage in the community or some action. Lead them to want to take action like help your cause.
Be useful and informative- Educate your reader, share your process. What did you guys accomplish. Ask yourself (or a proofreader) “do you find this useful or informative?”

Student Instructions

Students share what they believe should be included and why.

3 direct instruction/guided practice- how to create a blog on Weebly

Teacher walks them through:

Create website and walk kids through basics
Open Weebly.com > Log in with Google + (IF IT ASKS STUDENT FOR A BIRTHDAY- STOP!- have student use 1/1/1999)
Select Type of Site: Blog
Choose the template: Marcus Reid (the first one with the ship) *They can always change it later
Choose a URL- Select SUBDOMAIN OF WEEBLY.COM
Use URL structure: p2disease.weebly.com
Copy URL and fill out form here: http://bit.ly/2rm9dJP
Walk students through the basics of Weebly:
Elements- drag and drop
Adding/Deleting/Moving Pages
Comments Settings
Choosing to have a header or not
Adding a post- best to write your post in a separate program like Docs and then paste in- if you write it in Weebly and it doesn’t save, you can’t retrieve it later.
Photos
Adding images
Replacing images
Adding captions
Linking photos to outside websites
Using images:
Include photos of your disease, maps, you and your group working
Include captions and citations:  brief 1 line description, URLs, any author/date information you find

 

Student Instructions

students follow along and then do the steps on their own. 

Students submit the URL of their website.

4 Independent practice

Finish setting up your site.

Create a new blog post:
What have you learned so far in your research? Tell us about your disease and any interesting facts.
Why did you decide to focus on the community you did? 

 

Student Instructions

Students finish setting up their sites, continue researching their disease, and begin their blog post.