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.


T is for Terrific Tributes

21 01 2010

All of the bloggers highlighted below paid tribute to something important to them – and did an excellent job!

Hayley and Emma – well organized
Robert – who knew a 12 year old could be so thoughtful?!..and a more effective writer with each post
Emelie and Alex – let their sense of humour and personality shine through with every word
Libby – a sweet story, that put a smile on my face…although I’m not sure it was meant to 😉

G is for Great First Alphabiography Posts

19 01 2010

Check out the following blogs for some examples of great writing:

Laurel and Andy – for letting their own voice come shining through their writing
Emma – for applying what she learns in language arts and using an impressive magnet simile in her post
Darcy and Rowena – for excellent use of descriptive language
Jamie – for clearly connecting her life lesson to the main idea of her post

Snaps For…

25 11 2009

We are closing in on the end of first term and you are now officially blogging experts. All of your writing has improved over the course of the term with just 6 posts. At this time last year I was reading your 9th journal entry and there was not nearly the same amount of improvement. It is great to see that having an audience is helping the quality of your writing. Keep it up!

I encourage you to read some of the posts made by your fellow students. If you are looking for solid level 3 and 4 examples take a look at these:

Organization – Robert
Well-developed answers – Erika
Creative introductions – Emilie V
Awareness of a larger audience – Andy
Insightful – Lyndsey

These aren’t the only success stories in the land of grade 7 blogging but you guys have created too many options! I had to start somewhere.

I will highlight strong posts more regularly from this point on. Aim to have your name on my list for your next post!

November 10th

10 11 2009

When we began reading The Breadwinner you were asked to keep a question in the back of your mind while we read and studied the novel. We have talked about empathy and you have collected examples from the novel where Deborah Ellis’s writing made you feel empathy. Take a close look at these examples and consider your experiences with other novels to finally answer the question.

How do authors try to create a feeling of empathy in their readers?

2 paragraphs minimum. Use the Recipe when organizing your answer.
Post will be marked on Tuesday November 17th.