Submitted by: Heather Fallis
In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students use BrainPOP resources to explore the various types of blogs on the internet and learn how to post to a blog appropriately. Students will also demonstrate their understanding by blogging book reviews and commenting on two other book review blog posts written by their peers.
- Learn about the various types of blogs on the internet
- Learn how to post to a blog appropriately
- Post a review of a book and comment on two other reviews in the class
Preparation:Preview the BrainPOP movies "Online Safety" and "Blogs". Copy the graphic organizers from both movies for each of your students. Make sure each student has a book they have read that can be shared on the blog. You could use books that had been assigned for a book report.
- Ask your students if they have ever read a blog. Use answers to help the class create a list of blogs on the whiteboard.
- Share some blogs with the class. Select blogs that vary in theme/subject (sports, animals, music, etc) to explore with students.
- Watch the BrainPOP movie, "Blogs". Pause as new terms are discussed in the movie, and have your students turn and talk to their neighbors, then converse as a class.
- Have students individually complete the Brainstorm graphic organizer and share their answers with a partner or team.
- Explain that the class is going to be creating a reading blog as a way to share the books they have read. Then show the previous year's blog, or a different reading blog as an example.
- Students then work together to create a post on the blog for a book we have read together as a class.
- The next day watch the BrainPOP movie, "Online Safety" and discuss appropriate postings versus inappropriate.
- Complete the "Categorize It" activity for the "Online Safety" movie. As a class review your school's appropriate use policy.
- Students use pencil and paper to write a rough draft of their book review. This can also be for homework.
- Book review rough drafts are peer edited and then students post them to the blog.
- Students will read and comment on at least two of their peer's reviews.