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Blog Rules and Rubric

 

1. What is my blog for?

Your blog is taking the place of your written folio. You will need to write at least ONE piece of writing (one post) for it EVERY WEEK. This can be:

· A diary entry

· A poem

· A story (or part of a longer story)

· A book review (for example, you could write about your thoughts on “The Simple Gift”)

· A film review (you will be writing film reviews as part of this course)

 

2. Can I write on my blog in txt/msn speak?

You can write poems in text speak if you like, but anything else should be written in so-called “formal English”. You know, like in full sentences and stuff?

 

3. Can anyone else read my blog?

Yes. But, if you’ve chosen an anonymous alias like you were supposed to, then no-one will know it’s yours unless you tell them. If you’re still unhappy with this idea, come and talk to me.

 

4. Can I leave nasty comments on other people’s blogs?

No. That way lies trouble (for you.) You can leave comments though, but these need to be constructive. Again, come and see me if you have any trouble understanding what this means. You should know that any comments you leave can be easily traced back to you if we need to.

 

5. Do I have to tell you which blog is mine?

Yes. Although if you like, you can tell me which posts I can read and which ones I can’t. I won’t look at anything you don’t want me to.

 

Student Rubric for Blog

High

Medium

Low

Understood the format and intended purpose of the blog.

· I showed a high understanding of how a blog works and the purpose to which I was supposed to use it.

· I customised the look of my blog and made good use of a number of its features (such as linking to other blogs/sites, putting posts into different categories and uploading files.)

· I showed an understanding of how blogs work and the purpose to which I was supposed to use mine.

· I made some changes to my blog and used some of the features the site offers.

· I showed some understanding of how blogs work and the purpose to which I was supposed to use mine,

· I made minimal use of the features the site offers.

Personal Development

· I made great use of the blog to examine my own attitudes to a variety of issues

· I showed an awareness of how my attitude can change over time

· I showed great understanding of and respect for the opinions and work of others

· I made use of the blog to examine my own attitudes to a variety of issues

· I showed some awareness of how my attitude can change over time

· I showed understanding of and or the opinions and work of others

· I used my blog to think about my attitude to a couple of issues

· I showed some understanding that others have different opinions

· I made the occasional comment offering praise or constructive criticism

Control of written language

· I used effective vocabulary and accurate and expressive language

· I used excellent spelling and punctuation

· My choice of vocabulary was generally effective, and I used accurate language.

· My spelling and punctuation was generally accurate.

· I occasionally used accurate language, including spelling and punctuation

Evidence of a writing process.

· I demonstrated a good ability to develop pieces of writing over time, based on feedback from my peers

· I showed an awareness of my writing style and attempted to make improvements, based on feedback

· I demonstrated some drafting of pieces of writing

· I showed some awareness of my writing style and improvements that could be made

· I didn’t draft any pieces

· I showed little awareness of improvements or changes to my writing

Understood audience.

· I showed a good awareness of the difference between writing for myself and writing for an audience

· I tried to make my written pieces appealing to readers

· I showed some awareness of the difference between writing for myself and writing for an audience

· I showed little awareness of the audience reading my work.

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