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Blogging and Deep Thought

posted Sep 4, 2013, 2:58 PM by   [ updated Sep 11, 2016, 3:07 PM by ]
Last week we started blogging! Students showed a great ability to use the platform, but didn't quite get at the heart of the writing prompt. This week we're going to try again, emphasizing a few key ideas:
  • A writing prompt is different from a question. You answer a question; you write about the ideas presented in a prompt. Use the prompt as a jumping-off point for your own ideas.
  • You are free to look up facts or articles to strengthen your arguments.
  • Blog writing should follow the rules of classroom style: proper spelling, grammar, and academic language.
  • Comments on others writing should be polite, constructive, and unique:
    • Polite: critiques are important, but must not be insulting
    • Constructive: don't just say "I agree." If you don't have anything interesting to say about someone's writing, don't say anything at all!
    • Unique: don't write the same thing someone else has already said