Lesson Plan

Blogging in 4th and 5th grade

Using blogs to write for an authentic audience
Petra L.
Classroom teacher
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My Grades 4
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts

Students will be able to...
Draft a personal narrative to be published on the class blog.
Collaborate with others in revising their narrative before publishing.

English Language Arts
Grades 3 – 12
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Attention Getter

Students read through blog posts from other students at our school. I also put together a Google doc (hyperdoc) that linked to other blogs of students around the country.  I shared this Google doc with students. 

Student Instructions

Working with a partner, access other blog posts and discuss:
What did you notice about these blogs?
What did you find interesting?
What questions did you have?

2 Direct instruction

Using the Writing Fix website, I used mentor text lessons to generate ideas for narratives with my students.  After a week of writing drafts, students selected one piece to take to publishing.

Student Instructions

Using the craft, ideas and structure of mentor texts, students wrote drafts of narratives to be published on our class blog.

3 Guided/Independent Practice

Google Drive
Free, Paid

Using Google Docs, students wrote an initial draft of their narrative.  They then shared their draft with their writing partner through Google docs.  

Student Instructions

Students shared their drafts with their writing partner while making suggestions within their partner's draft.  After making final revisions, students had the option of looking for an image to go with their narrative through the Creative Commons website.

4 Wrap Up

Students shared their final draft narratives with me along with any images selected.  I uploaded each blog post so that one would be published every day.  Parents were notified daily of the blog post of the day.

Student Instructions

Students read one another's blog post, leaving a comment on something they found interesting, something they had a question about or something that surprised them.