Aristotle Meets the Internet Using Blogging Effectively in First Year Composition Katt Blackwell Texas Woman’s University
<ul><li>Benefits to Blogging </li></ul><ul><li>More students are becoming more comfortable with the blog environment and m...
<ul><li>Four Types of Blogging Assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Essay Oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Between Essay </li></ul><ul>...
Essay Specific  Blogging
Advantages <ul><li>Gets students thinking about the assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Gets students drafting earlier in the uni...
Gaining Student Interest <ul><li>Share student brainstorm lists with the class. </li></ul><ul><li>Use student blogs to dis...
Between Essays  Blogging
Advantages <ul><li>Good way to introduce the next essay </li></ul><ul><li>Gets students thinking about the modes of writin...
Gaining Student Interest <ul><li>Review student blogs in class and use them to begin a discussion on the topic. </li></ul>...
Peer Review Blogs
Advantages <ul><li>Allows student to begin responding earlier and become more accustomed to the peer review </li></ul><ul>...
Gaining Student Interest <ul><li>Have students comment on peer blogs before the peer review.   </li></ul><ul><li>Assign st...
Essay Reflective Blogs
Advantages <ul><li>Students become aware of improvements they need to focus on in future assignments.  </li></ul><ul><li>I...
Gaining Student Interest <ul><li>Instructor reads through the comments and makes a list of most common weaknesses to be ad...
For More on Blogging  in First Year Composition
Visit My FYC Blog http://rhetoricallyspeaking.wordpress.com There you can view my blog and link to my students’ blogs as w...
Special Thanks To
<ul><li>Tommy Boley </li></ul><ul><li>Rochelle Gregory </li></ul><ul><li>Laura Knudson </li></ul><ul><li>Maggie Martinez <...
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Aristotle Meets the Internet: Using Blogging Effectively in First Year Composition

  1. 1. Aristotle Meets the Internet Using Blogging Effectively in First Year Composition Katt Blackwell Texas Woman’s University
  2. 2. <ul><li>Benefits to Blogging </li></ul><ul><li>More students are becoming more comfortable with the blog environment and more resistant to the word processing environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Instructors have a chance to see the student’s writing much earlier in the process and provide feedback on the writing at various stages. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Four Types of Blogging Assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Essay Oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Between Essay </li></ul><ul><li>Peer Review </li></ul><ul><li>Essay Reflection </li></ul>
  4. 4. Essay Specific Blogging
  5. 5. Advantages <ul><li>Gets students thinking about the assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Gets students drafting earlier in the unit </li></ul><ul><li>Provides students a chance to practice writing without concern for audience </li></ul>
  6. 6. Gaining Student Interest <ul><li>Share student brainstorm lists with the class. </li></ul><ul><li>Use student blogs to discuss what makes a good paragraph in class. </li></ul><ul><li>Place several of the best blogs under a section of your blog where you mention them as the best. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Between Essays Blogging
  8. 8. Advantages <ul><li>Good way to introduce the next essay </li></ul><ul><li>Gets students thinking about the modes of writing </li></ul><ul><li>Provides students a chance to practice this mode before feeling the pressure of writing their essay </li></ul>
  9. 9. Gaining Student Interest <ul><li>Review student blogs in class and use them to begin a discussion on the topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Have students expand on their blogs during a class discussion. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Peer Review Blogs
  11. 11. Advantages <ul><li>Allows student to begin responding earlier and become more accustomed to the peer review </li></ul><ul><li>Students learn to be more honest before the pressure of the final peer review overwhelms them </li></ul><ul><li>Instructors have a chance to comment on student peer reviews earlier and help guide them to create better responses. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Gaining Student Interest <ul><li>Have students comment on peer blogs before the peer review. </li></ul><ul><li>Assign students a blog that allows them to create a “peer review” of a movie they’ve seen recently, or a CD they recently listened to. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Essay Reflective Blogs
  14. 14. Advantages <ul><li>Students become aware of improvements they need to focus on in future assignments. </li></ul><ul><li>Instructors have the chance to see how well students assess their writing in a more relaxed environment </li></ul>
  15. 15. Gaining Student Interest <ul><li>Instructor reads through the comments and makes a list of most common weaknesses to be addressed in class. </li></ul><ul><li>Student suggestions for improvement for blogging assignments. </li></ul>
  16. 16. For More on Blogging in First Year Composition
  17. 17. Visit My FYC Blog http://rhetoricallyspeaking.wordpress.com There you can view my blog and link to my students’ blogs as well.
  18. 18. Special Thanks To
  19. 19. <ul><li>Tommy Boley </li></ul><ul><li>Rochelle Gregory </li></ul><ul><li>Laura Knudson </li></ul><ul><li>Maggie Martinez </li></ul><ul><li>My 1023 Students </li></ul>

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