T is for The End :(

22 06 2010

Your Grade Seven year and blogging have come to an end. Hopefully you enjoyed experimenting with blogging in Language Arts as much as I have this year. You have all turned into amazing writers over the course of this year.

Your blogs are all yours now – I won’t be reading them or marking them any more! Feel free to keep blogging whenever you get the urge and keep up your site or delete it or just simply leave it up for you to stumble on when you’re 83!

Have a great summer Grade Seven’s. I’ll miss working with you again next year but be sure to come and visit me in Lower School!

Ms Weldon

Picture from here.





F is for Future

11 05 2010

This weeks post will be the last entry you add to your blog for school purposes. Now of course all of you will continue posting regularly because you are such amazing bloggers but it will no longer be for class.

You are free to continue with your alphabiography for this last post or you can take up my last teacher challenge for you. Imagine it is 70 years from now, you are 82 or 83 and you remember that long ago in grade 7 your amazing LA teacher had you create a blog. In a moment of brilliance you remember your web address and look up your super-cool grade 7 blog and discover a post you wrote to yourself when you were 12.

What would that post say? What do you want your 83-year-old self to remember about your 13-year-old self? What do you think your 13-year-old has to teach your 83-year-old self? Write your last grade 7 LA post to your future self. Use everything you’ve learned about writing this year to write a post that the 83-year-old you will be proud of.





T is for Too Many to Choose From

26 04 2010

You were challenged last week to focus on being insightful writers and many of your rose to the challenge. In fact, many of you rose to the challenge really well! So much so that there are too many great examples of insightful writing to choose just 1 or 2 to highlight here. So check these writers out for different ideas and examples of how you can write with insight:

Hannah, Michael, Andy, Emma, Hayley, Emily, Lyndsey, Liam and Kate.

AND

Pooja, Emilie, Emelie, Robert, Laurel, Emma, Tommy, Erika, and Libby

Keep up the insightful writing!





I is for Insight

21 04 2010

If you take a close look at your Blog Post Rubric the words “insight” and “insightful” both appear. Being insightful is what separates a Level 3 from a Level 4, but what is insight? What does it mean to be insightful?

We chatted about this in class and discovered that the official definition for insight is “the capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person” but that doesn’t really clear much up. The thesaurus proved to be a little more helpful. Insight is the same as having an understanding of, appreciation of, a revelation about or introduction to an issue or topic.

Writing to demonstrate insight on a topic is hard to do – that’s why it’s worth a Level 4! There also isn’t one right way to go about it. Check out a few examples below that demonstrate insight to help you better understand the concept.

Emma’s post on Listening, Jordan’s post on Inspiration, Darcy’s post on Home, or Hayley’s post on Vandalism

If you’re trying to think of a topic that will help you create a post that is insightful, try and think of something that you have an opinion on that maybe not everyone agrees with – explain your opinion really well and ask questions of your audience that forces them to think about their own ideas.





R is for Rich Re-Tell

14 04 2010

Everyone loves to tell and re-tell and re-tell again to anyone who will listen about important things that happen in our lives. When you’re re-telling an event have you ever noticed that sometimes your audience is hanging on every word and then other times they are clearly tuning you out? Why is this?

I think it has to do with the passion of the story-teller. When someone tells me a story and I can see what has happened to them in my head and imagine what it would be like to be them, I hang on to every word. But when someone tells me a story and just sticks to a list of events, well I tend to do my best to politely listen.

There is nothing wrong with sharing an event that has happened in your life with your blogging audience, but do your very best to create what this event looked like, smelled like and felt like so your readers can join you as you re-live the adventure.

For a tremendous example of one way this be done take a look at Jenny’s post E.





I is for Imagery

13 04 2010

The topic might seem silly but Emily has written a post that will knock your socks off with its super effective use of imagery. I’m sure every reader of Emily’s S is for Showers post will find themselves day-dreaming of their own relaxing shower routine.

If you are working on making your own posts more descriptive this is an outstanding example of one approach.





C is for Comments

6 04 2010

Now that you are professional bloggers, we are going to spice third term up a little bit and work on commenting on each others blogs.

Each week you are required to comment on one other blog. You will be assessed on this comment. All the information you need is at the bottom of your revised rubric. The essential information you need to keep in mind when commenting every week is posted below.

Be sure to tell Ms Weldon whose blog post you have commented on each week – otherwise she will never find them. Simply write the following at the bottom of your weekly post and link the student name to the post: “I commented on [student’s name] blog post this week.”

Comments should:

  • Be POSITIVE
  • Be RESPECTFUL
  • Show that you have READ and THOUGHT about the post.