Your students are adept in using social media for pleasure. Here’s a way to harness those skills for learning!
"WordPress for Student Writing Projects" shows teachers how to use WordPress to create a classroom blog that can be used for a variety of English language arts purposes. Three separate lesson units give step-by-step instructions on creating blogs that help students strengthen their essay writing skills, including the creation of thesis statements, evaluating research sources, and collaborating with fellow students to edit their work. Each lesson is specifically aligned to ELA Common Core standards, and rubrics are included to help teachers assess the quality of their students’ work.
Authors Bean and Waszak demystify the process of using blogs and social media in the classroom with detailed instructions for teachers and clear lesson plans. Each lesson has been tested with teachers to ensure that it works for students in grades 6 through 12.
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What people are saying about "WordPress for Student Writing Projects":
"The lesson plans are simple to follow and are attractive because of the embedded connection to the Common Core writing standards."
–Andrea Gumble, high school English teacher and department chair, Chenango Forks Central School District, Ithaca, New York
"With today's use of technology in the classroom, these lesson plans will greatly benefit your students."
-Claire Coffman, ELA middle school teacher, St. Peter’s Catholic School, Clarkston, South Carolina
"The ease of implementation using various Common Core units, types, and text makes these lesson plans so flexible."
–Jacqueline Cherry, high school English teacher, South Lyon Community Schools, South Lyon, Michigan
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Erik Bean, EdD, served as an English department chair, school dean, associate professor of English, curriculum developer, online instructor, and has taught English composition for more than fifteen years. He is a motivational speaker and author of a popular Examiner.com Web 2.0 blog where he reviews websites, social media, and reports on education, security, and technology issues.
Emily Waszak is an accomplished creative writing and English composition teacher and author of self-help and children’s books. Waszak has worked in a variety of communication arenas. She also is a motivational speaker and has conducted writing workshops for middle and high school students in the suburban Detroit, Michigan area where she resides.