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Reading Blog - A Reading Journal for the 21st Century {CCSS Aligned}

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Reading is the foundational cornerstone that ALL students need to make progress and find success in their learning & their education. How can we make the reading that students do independently more meaningful and purposeful? How can we ensure that the independent reading students do will connect back to the larger topics taught and addressed in the classroom?

Get them blogging! Online educational blogs are a tool to blend the traditional classroom with the needs of a technologically literate student body. This lesson bundle includes easy, effective, and efficient resources that will allow you to extend learning through technology, remove the limits of the physical classroom, initiate critical thinking, and relay essential information through secure online networking and communication.


What is an Independent Reading Blog?
-A Reading Journal for the digital age! Students maintain & publish personal blogs to a classroom website.
-Take students beyond summarizing! Design writing prompts to bring rigor to students’ reading responses! Engages students’ critical thinking skills – analyzing, evaluating, synthesizing!

Over 35 pages of material to help your students take reading to a higher level!!


**Teacher Outline
-Addresses the following areas:
What is an Independent Reading Blog?
How do I create a Classroom Blog Website?
How do I evaluate the blogs?
When Revisions are Necessary…

**Independent Reading Blog Student Handout
-General Guidelines
-Blog Post Requirements for Formatting and Content

**Reading Blog Writing Prompts
-Addresses: theme, setting, internal conflict, significant events, figurative language, character relationships, point-of-view, protagonist characterization, antagonist characterization, chapter titles, reliability of characters and narrators, symbolism, and re-reading

**Reading Blog Student Examples
-Three real student examples demonstrates blog entries of varying levels of proficiency

**How to Evaluate Reading Blogs Handout
-A guide for students or teachers on assessing the quality of a blog entry
-Graphic Organizer

**Task Cards
-15 pages: four cards per page, each page feature one writing prompt
-Colorful and Visually Appealing Designs
-Can be used for a variety of purposes: in-class practice, group work, formative assessment on a text, etc.

A Note to Teachers:

There are a total of fifteen writing prompts for students to respond to. We’ve provided a total of EIGHT DIFFERENTIATED handouts to support both the struggling & gifted learners in your classroom! Please choose the handout that best meets the individual needs of your dynamic & unique classroom!

Why are some handouts *modified?

Differentiated Instruction
Presenting information to meet the needs of students with varied learning styles & abilities can be quite the challenge. How do you reach both groups? How do you support your struggling learners without abandoning your gifted ones – & vice versa? The standard & modified version of certain handouts uses the similar content, allowing you to provide teacher support & engagement to all levels of learners while still accounting for individual student needs.

Student Readiness
Writing is skill based &, like math, makes assumptions of background knowledge & proficiency when a new skill is introduced. Standard handouts are designed for students proficient in their foundational writing skills. Modified handouts are designed with additional support for students lacking in these skills.

Demonstration of Learning
At the end, all students will be demonstrate their understanding of the concepts. However, on the modified handouts directions are broken down into smaller parts, at times quantity is reduced so quality is not sacrificed.
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